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SAMBA and MS Office, etc.

On Sun, Mar 03, 2002 at 11:07:19AM -0500, Randall Hofland wrote:

> I'm trying to figure out the best and very cheapest way to build a small
> network and database system for a client. There are already databases built
> in MS Access and Lotus Approach, and I had thought to just continue to use
> those as the core of a distributed system from an NT based server, or
> perhaps from a SAMBA based LINUX server.

> One problem I am having is finding the low cost office suites to use those
> data bases, and I didn't want to get into a web based SQL server at this
> point. So I'm wondering whether StarOffice 5.2 might serve well as the
> office suite on each computer and then upload the Approach and Access data
> files onto the LINUX box under SAMBA, or if mandatory, under NT 4.0.

If I'm understanding correctly, you are wondering if there is a database
application native to GNU/Linux that will operate on MS Access .mdb files.  If
that is your question, the answer is no.  Microsoft Access itself cannot
even properly operate on .mdb files between versions.

If you would simply like to store the .mdb file on an SMB share on a GNU/Linux
box, and access that file from a Windows machine, that will work fine.  I do
it all the time.

Ron Peterson                   -o)
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