NewsForge: Old School Cuts Ties with Windows

“The Mall School for boys in Richmond, UK, has been around for
133 years, and to IT head Sue Warrington, it seemed like the prep
school’s Windows network was almost as old. Recently, the school
got rid of its aging collection of ‘fat client’ PCs and purchased a
brand new network of Linux thin clients, including all the software
a bunch of 4- to 13-year-old boys could possibly need, for a lot
less than a proprietary solution.

“Warrington teaches computing to the Mall School’s 350 students,
and ‘looks after the system.’ When it came time to renew Windows
licenses, she had a problem with the cost. Budget concerns meant
that she would have to find a better solution, and cutting back on
the number of workstations was not an option–there were only 13
PCs to go around because it was too expensive to provide


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