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Linux Journal: Building an Office Network from Spare Parts

Jul 16, 2002, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"When we moved to Switzerland in 1998, we joined an English church. Being a computer person, I naturally got involved with the church's so-called computer system. The system consisted of a Power Macintosh 7200/90, an Apple LaserWriter 360 printer connected via AppleTalk and a PC with Windows 98. The only way to exchange data between the machines was a 'carpet LAN', and the Mac was the so-called internet machine (only e-mail for the pastor).

"During 1999 the office started to expand, and these poor little systems could not cope with the sudden increase in demand. The Internet also started to become a factor as everybody was using e-mail, and a web presence for the church was wanted.

"Being a church, there was not a lot of money available to go out and buy everything we needed. We sort of planned what we wanted, and then we called on the congregation for donations of their old computers systems. In this way we got enough desktop computers for each of the administrators and an additional computer that could be used as a server. By continuing to ask for unused computers, we slowly built the office network to where it is today..."

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