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CrossNodes: Saving a Buck and Bucking a Trend

Apr 12, 2002, 14:30 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Drew Bird)

"It's hardly news that over the past five to seven years many organizations have chosen to leave NetWare behind and migrate to an alternative operating system. For most, the choice is simple, ditch NetWare and install a Windows server platform. Others, however, are seeking an alternative path, one that not only gives them all the functionality of a modern NOS, but at a fraction of the price. One such organization is School District 23 in BC, Canada, which has elected to move away from NetWare and replace all of its NetWare servers with Linux.

"In comparison to other school districts, SD23 is relatively small, with a total of 16 sites, 12 of which are schools. The other sites are administrative offices and distance learning centers that provide educational facilities to remote communities.

"In terms of IT requirements, the needs of the school district are relatively simple: file and print serving at each location along with Internet access. In addition, the school district's main office requires Web hosting and email server facilities..."

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