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LinuxForce, Inc. Latest News -- 28 November 2005

For Immediate Release

Date: November 28, 2005
Contact: CJ Fearnley / 610.734.1900
             press@LinuxForce.net
Contact: Tom Marinucci / 215.875.2740
             thomas.marinucci@phillyshipyard.com
E-mail: press@LinuxForce.net
Web: http://www.LinuxForce.net

LinuxForce Wins Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Contract: Technology Firm to provide Debian GNU/Linux Technical Support and Services

Philadelphia, PA - 28 November 2005 - Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, formerly known as Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard, and LinuxForce, a leading technology services provider specializing in the development, implementation, management and support of Linux-based systems, have signed a long-term services agreement wherein LinuxForce will monitor and maintain a number of GNU/Linux systems for Aker.

LinuxForce was chosen for its expertise with the Debian GNU/Linux operating system, its success in delivering similar outsourced systems administration solutions for other organizations in the Greater Philadelphia Region including The Franklin Institute Science Museum and Independence Blue Cross, and its leadership role in the Philadelphia Linux community.

Most of the Aker systems covered under this agreement run the Debian GNU/Linux operating system, the leading community-developed distribution of Linux (a Linux distribution is the packaging of the Linux Kernel, the GNU/Linux OS and other software to make Linux easy to install, configure, and use). Aker's Debian systems will be managed under LinuxForce's flagship product, Remote Responder(SM).

Remote ResponderSM is the leading outsourced systems management solution for Debian GNU/Linux systems. LinuxForce is also tasked with managing several commercially-developed Linux systems including a Red Hat system running an Oracle database and a legacy Solaris system.

CJ Fearnley, President and CEO of LinuxForce said, "It is gratifying that Aker has recognized LinuxForce's capabilities in providing a commercial service in support of the Debian GNU/Linux operating system." Fearnley continued, "Like LinuxForce, Aker recognizes that Debian provides the highest level of quality and support among Linux distributions."

Michel Boeckx, Aker's Chief Technology Officer, said, "We have been using Debian for many years and it has provided an extraordinary level of quality and support to Aker's IT staff to resolve the problems that inevitably occur in computing operations."

Fearnley added, "Debian's policy is a primary reason that it is one of the few operating systems for which upgrading across major releases does not require a full system reinstall."

Steinar Nerbovik, Aker's Vice President of Design and Engineering, said, "From the business perspective, Debian's chief strength is that it can be maintained very inexpensively. Aker is very impressed with the cost savings that we are realizing as a result of our partnership with LinuxForce."

Nerbovik continued, "LinuxForce's long and active involvement in the Philadelphia Linux User's Group, http://phillylinux.org, means LinuxForce has access to a large Linux talent pool in the Delaware valley."

Fearnley explained, "The broad-based, community-developed policy element in Debian's quality control infrastructure is one of the main reasons for Debian's strong reputation for stability and interoperability."

About LinuxForce Inc.
LinuxForceSM is a leading technology services provider specializing in the development, implementation, management and support of Linux-based systems, with a particular expertise in Debian GNU/Linux. LinuxForce, based in Philadelphia, is a private company that was founded in 1996 to serve corporate, academic and non-profit clients.

LinuxForce's leadership and track record of delivering positive business results have made it the "go-to" firm for companies wanting to:

  • migrate to Linux from proprietary operating systems,
  • migrate from commercial Linux distributions to the more stable, secure and flexible Debian platform,
  • support open source applications, and
  • outsource the administration of their Linux-based systems.

Current clients include: American Red Cross (Camden County Chapter), Chester County InterLink, Cyber Incident Detection and Data Analysis Center, The Franklin Institute Science Museum, 1-800-FLORALS Flowers Online, The Constitutional Walking Tour, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, and the University of the Arts. For more information visit www.LinuxForce.net or call 610-734-1900.

About Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc.
Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc., formerly known as Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc., is the shipbuilding subsidiary of newly-established Aker American Shipping. In conjunction with affiliated subsidiaries, the state-of-the-art shipyard located on the site of the former Philadelphia Navy Yard is embarking on a project to build, own, and lease 10 product tankers for the U.S. Jones Act market. Aker American Shipping and Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. are members of the Norwegian-based Aker family of global companies, industry leaders in the fields of shipbuilding, fishery, and technology-based solutions for customers in oil, gas, energy, and process industries. Visit www.phillyshipyard.com for additional information.

About Debian GNU/Linux
Debian GNU/Linux is the leading non-commercial distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system. Debian is comprised of a volunteer network of more than 1,000 developers and other contributors worldwide. Debian's dedication to Free Software, its non-profit nature, and its open development model makes it unique among GNU/Linux distributions. For more information refer to www.debian.org.

``LinuxForce,'' and ``Remote Responder'' are service marks owned by LinuxForce, Inc.

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