File and printer sharing are the basic services of a departmental network. Linux is an excellent platform for providing these network services because it can provide the native services expected by Unix clients in addition to the same services in the native format expected by Microsoft Windows clients. Other departmental servers do not do as effective a job of integrating all of your clients together into a single network.
Another service that Linux excels at is e-mail. The next chapter concludes the section on departmental servers with a discussion of departmental mail services.
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