CrossNodes: Saving a Buck and Bucking a Trend
Apr 12, 2002, 14:30 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Drew Bird)
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"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..."