"Linuxcare has released its long-awaited computer administration
service, an effort that gives some competition to a similar
offering from Red Hat."
"Linuxcare's managed services, unveiled Thursday, provide a
range of options to customers who would prefer to hire somebody
else to handle tasks such as software updates for Linux servers,
Chief Technology Officer Dave Sifry said."
"Linuxcare itself won't sell the services to prospective
customers but instead will rely on the sales forces of business
partners Digital Island, Consonus and others to come, Sifry said.
The suggested retail price is $1,000 per server per month, he said,
though business partners may set their own prices and offer free
"The services are intended to patch known security problems,
monitor systems for events such as hacker attacks, modify systems
settings such as user accounts, and set up computers with optimized
software, Sifry said. In addition, the Linuxcare offering
automatically monitors changes to system configuration files,
allowing a server to be quickly set up to replace a faulty
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