Currently, we set up local area
networks on a very limited basis. Contact us
for an appointment if you are interested. We only work
with the Linux operatiing system.
There is no per seat software
license fee for expanding your network if you are
using Linux which is similar to Free Software, or open source software. If you need to add another
server all you need to purchase is the hardware to
set up the machine. If you are using one of the
popular proprietary systems for your workstations
you will probably need a seperate system or license
for each workstation. If you choose to use Free
Software for your workstations then you will not
need to purchase new operating systems for each
workstation computer. We also use Open Source
software. Open source software is a slightly newer
concept than Free Software. These two should not be
considered to be one in the same , although they do
work together often. ( See the GNU General Public
License, a copy of which is on this website for
information on Free Software.) In Open Source
software the source code is shared and not kept
hidden or secret. Development occurs very quickly
and effectively. The source code for Free Software
, also is not kept secret and development on this
type of software also occurs very quickly and
What does this mean to
our customers ?
It means the costs for setting up and maintaining
networks and software are considerably less than
with proprietary software. It means the
Will Free Software ,
or Open Source Software work for me ?
If you want to run your own web server, yes. If you
want to run your own network , yes. If you want to
run a print server , yes. If you want to use a word
processor, surf the net, exchange email , play cd's
, run a spreadsheet program , use point and click ,
yes. If you want the freedom to choose , yes.
If you are interested in this way of managing your
network or your home computers we can help you with
the details. We charge $50.00 per hour with a
mimimum of $35.00 for service calls within 25 miles
of our location. We do not charge for estimates.
Cost estimates for network installation are done by
the job to save you from paying on an hourly basis
which can get prohibitively expensive.
Email is : webmaster