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We've most likely already seen the problem with your system which is driving you `round the bend.' From the early days of punch cards and unit record machines, to the latest in high- security methods, `tiger teams', and audit, we've been there. We provide leading edge development, system administration, and connectivity solutions to our customer base, all across the Continent. We staff with the expectation of professional performance, provided in a friendly, competent, and professional fashion, by professionals. And if we don't provide it directly, we'll recommend and stand behind outsourcing the work to the right professional. It's what we're known for; it's the right way to do business. We can also help your organization through the project cycle; Principles, Policy, Procedures, Practices, all linked through Planning. We train and consult with organizations in transition on these themes. We _do not_ strive to be the least expensive -- Quality never is, -- but neither are we out to 'get rich quick' at the expense of honor and reputation.Support gateway - external services for staying 'up to date'
Supported operating systems:
HP-UX; Solaris; SunOS; AIX; Irix; Tru-64 Unix;
Linux (CentOS, Tao, cAos, Red Hat, Debian,
Open Source: Once one gets past the hype of the 'Open Source' revolution,
there is much good development and documentation work occurring.
The FSF, Linux
and the BSD's have made the reliability of a Posix compliant
*nix work-alike, and the rich suite of development tools, and
sysadmin techniques broadly available.|
We prefer Centos, Tao, cAos, Red Hat or Debian for Linux; OpenBSD or FreeBSD for BSD. We participate in the development and support for several Open Source packages, and test for RPM based distributions; (See: Projects). We support the other more marginal market share distributions as well.
HP-UX" The HP-UX market is vibrant and firmly embedded in
the datacenter. It is the most reliable hardware, and bullet-proof
of the old-line Unixes. We have
|Sun: The other major player in the 'Big-Iron' Unix market is Sun -- The Solaris line, and its predecessor, SunOS, are somewhat less facile of administration, but the multi-processor hardware line are also first rate. We run Sparc hardware, in both server and workstation roles; reliable as an old pair of shoes -- the units just run ... Solaris, or less compelling, Linux -- we support and develop for both.|
EOL of Caldera and SCO new installation support|
We have marked the following two sections in gray on March 7. 2003 to reflect our 'end of life' of support of new Caldera or SCO installations. We will 'hold our nose', and continue to meet our commitments for service and support of our existing client base presently using the Caldera and SCO products. We will also take affirmative steps to complete transition efforts away from any further use of their lines.
We will not participate in nor make any new installations of either product. The Utah state law contract claims represented in the "SCO Group" complaint (local copy) against IBM demonstrate a "litigate, rather than innovate" approach which we are unwilling to aid or abet with any further developmental, marketing or technical support.
Owl River Company has been a 'Caldera Authorized
Partner' through 2003. This was their highest level in their Partner
Program. Caldera had good market penetration in vertical market
applications. It has however been subsumed back into SCO, and
the product line seems to be dormant with no development or
maintenance occuring outside of a relaunch of SCO Open Server line
with parts of its former content.
We don't get much call for it anymore, with the rise of the
various Open Source operating systems, but
Owl River Company has been an 'SCO Authorized
Reseller' since 1999. We are certified for UnixWare, OpenServer,
Windows to Unix Integration, Configuring Internet Services - OpenServer,
and Configuring Internet Services - UnixWare 7.|
Vertical market software:
A popular vertical market package which we provide national
support on, is the ROI Manage-2000 system. We have a link to that page.
Unix, BSD, LinuxOne thing in closing:
Question: Which do you recommend; which do you use?
Answer: Posix compliant and not crippled, and with a decent package manager: Old line Unix - HP-UX, Solaris; *nix - OpenBSD, Red Hat Linux, CentOS, Tao, cAos -- Because, ultimately, standard is better than 'better'. Open is more approchable than closed. Each of these platforms provide a baseline of 'enough' features in its problem domain; adding in the Open Source tools to go from 90% there, to done; meeting the customer's need is direct, reproducible, auditable, and sometimes even easy.
This cute image is GPL licensed; the original archive may be found here. It reflects the friendly rivalry between the Open Source license *nices.
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