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Using Synaptic, you can also install a special driver called “cups-pdf,” which allows you to send print jobs directly to PDF files. You can make the PDF device your default printer using the Printing control panel, or else select it from the Print dialog box for single jobs.
Authenticating to an enterprise network
If you’ll be using your Ubuntu system in a business environment, connecting to the network may require some additional hurdles. It’s possible to have a Linux system authenticate to an LDAP or Active Directory environment, but unfortunately, centralized authentication is one of the few things the Ubuntu developers haven’t made easy. Configuring the appropriate software requires a fair amount of Linux savvy.
If connecting to Active Directory is a high priority for you -- especially if you intend to set up multiple Linux clients on a Windows network -- for the time being you may want to try one of the other commercial desktop Linux distributions that have developed tools to assist in this process. Hopefully similar tools will be available for future versions of Ubuntu.
Index of "Switching to Linux" stories
Windows to desktop Linux in three easy steps
Which Linux should I choose?
Linux desktop applications
Making the most of Linux multimedia
Don't panic! (Seven ways to troubleshoot Ubuntu)