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Jul 12, 2002, 20:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Reilly)

" 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 infrastructure.

"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..."

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