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LinuxForce, Inc. Latest News -- 3 February 2009

For Immediate Release

Date: February 3, 2009
LinuxForce Contact: CJ Fearnley, (610) 734-1900
The Franklin Institute Contact: Paul Ricchiuti, (215) 448-1379/pricchiuti@fi.edu
E-mail: press@LinuxForce.net
Web: http://www.LinuxForce.net

LinuxForce Expands Partnership with The Franklin Institute

Philadelphia, PA — 3 February 2009 — LinuxForce, Inc., a leading Linux-based technology services firm and a thought-leader in the Linux and open-source technology spaces, today announced a major expansion of their technology partnership with The Franklin Institute. With this expansion, LinuxForce will be responsible for the maintenance, monitoring and security of three of The Franklin's key information systems including ten virtual servers. The new agreement is the culmination of a series of successful consulting projects during which LinuxForce assisted museum staff with the administration of these systems and demonstrated their ability to meet The Franklin's critical business needs.

Since Spring 2008, LinuxForce has supported The Franklin Institute's Information Technology Services department with a "comprehensive anticipatory" approach to systems administration that is uniquely proactive in implementation and monitoring of Linux systems. In addition, this summer will mark the tenth anniversary of LinuxForce's relationship with the museum's Educational Technology & Integrated Learning Programs department. LinuxForce's pioneering comprehensive anticipatory methodology at The Franklin integrates the LinuxForce Monitoring℠ and Remote Responder℠ services plus the power of Linux to ensure maximum system reliability while The Franklin maintains a low total cost of ownership.

According to the terms of the expansion agreement, LinuxForce will continue to be The Franklin Institute's support services provider of choice for both Linux and open-source systems and software. "After a decade of experience maintaining Linux systems for The Franklin's Educational Technology Programs, we are thrilled that their IT department has now entrusted us with the management of several more Linux systems. We will employ our signature comprehensive anticipatory systems administration approach to ensure that these systems continue to run reliably in support of The Franklin's business objectives," commented CJ Fearnley, President and CEO of LinuxForce. "We know that the proven results of the eternally regenerative software built into the Debian/GNU and Ubuntu Linux systems that we support will provide a flexible infrastructure upon which The Franklin can build their web services."

The Franklin Institute has chosen to broaden its relationship with LinuxForce for several reasons, including LinuxForce's proven Linux expertise and attentive customer service. "LinuxForce is in tune with our particular needs and challenges," according to Paul Ricchiuti, The Franklin's Vice President of Information Technology. "They understand budgetary constraints for support services and the need to use resources very efficiently. They took the time to really understand The Franklin, our processes, our employees and our culture. Additionally, access to their staff and resources is always fast, efficient and personalized. Their proverbial office door is always open."

"LinuxForce definitely takes a cohesive approach to understanding our business and organization. They assist us in developing a customized plan for our technology and web needs, be it a long-range strategy or a specific project," continued Ricchiuti. "LinuxForce has been instrumental in helping The Franklin set up best practices to get the most out of our investment in information technology services."

This managed services agreement is LinuxForce's first extended agreement with The Franklin Institute's Information Technology Services department.

About The Franklin Institute
Founded in honor of America's first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is a renowned and innovative leader in the field of science and technology learning, as well as a dynamic center of activity. It is dedicated to creating a passion for science by offering new and exciting access to science and technology in ways that would dazzle and delight its namesake. For more information, please visit http://www.fi.edu.

About LinuxForce Inc.
LinuxForce℠ 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 and Ubuntu. LinuxForce's leadership and track record of delivering positive business results since its founding in 1996 have made it the "go-to" firm for solutions providers, companies, educational institutions and other organizations wanting to migrate to Linux from Windows and other proprietary operating systems, migrate from commercial Linux distributions (such as Red Hat and SUSE) to the more stable, secure and flexible ones like Debian/GNU and Ubuntu, outsource the administration of their Linux-based systems, and support open source applications such as web services, E-Mail, firewalls, databases, eCommerce and VoIP. For more information on LinuxForce, Remote Responder℠, LinuxForce Monitoring℠ or reseller opportunities, e-mail sales@LinuxForce.net, or call (610) 734-1900. Visit LinuxForce on the Web at http://www.LinuxForce.net.

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