"Our public network consisted of a simple local area network
with 15 Windows clients connecting to the outside world via a
dedicated proxy server, and one networked Hewlett-Packard LaserJet
5200. As there was no budget to purchase any special server
hardware or software, that left out the option of a dedicated
Windows print server, which in any case would have been overkill.
But we has an old Compaq desktop computer in storage with a 40GB
hard drive and 512MB of RAM, which was powerful enough to run
"Though I'm the on-site computer support person, I wasn't a
Linux guru, so I wanted to choose a distribution that was easy to
load and easy to tweak. After a bit of research, I chose the
Ubuntu-derivative Linux Mint for its size and its friendly
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