" Baillie, armed with an MCSE certification, was hired by St.
Mary's as the Technology Manager about four years ago and was
tasked to support the school's computer systems/network. About the
same time, the new school administration took over and knew that
they had to bolster their educational and administration computing
"They looked at possible solutions, while staying on the
existing systems, until about 18 months ago. Baillie and the
administration knew they had to make some decisions because they
faced the all-too-familiar information technology problem: little
available money for expansion.
"Fortunately, Baillie had been seriously exploring Linux for the
last couple of years as a Linux User Group member. He even enlisted
the LUG to help experiment with the Linux desktop on some of the
school's donated machines. Unfortunately, StarOffice, Netscape 4.x,
and other applications simply ran too slowly to be useful for St.
Mary's educational workload. Then Baillie heard of the Linux
Terminal Server Project (LTSP) and thought that it would be a
viable solution for the needs of St. Mary's School..."