only Windows XP Pro is capable of joining a domain?
I work in the IT department of a call center/answering service and our operator stations are running windows 98 SE. We would love to buy new computers, but it would be very difficult, if possible at all (not to mention kind of stupid) to put windows 98 on them. Our main server (DHCP, file server, etc) is gentoo linux. The operators put in their username and password then the samba domain on the gentoo server validates their password, then maps network drives (if they have the right permissions) and also gives them other permissions based on the login. and also runs some batch files if needed for that use. Is it true that only Windows XP Pro is capable of joining a domain like I just described? And if so, would there be any major changes that would need to be done with the configuration on the server side to make this work? We are planning to move to VoIP, and make some other fairly significant changes to our systems in the near future. I just want to educate myself so I can start experimenting. Any suggestions or links would be greatly appreciated.