Linux, Unix, Solaris
consultants, 30+ years experience - $105/hr.
Note: Due to ongoing demand for our services, we recommend you contact us immediately in order to ensure we are available to meet your needs. We are available for work across the Bay Area (travel premiums and fuel surcharges may apply in certain cases).
What We Do
I, Thomas Leavitt, work with Linux (and Windows XP) on a daily basis on a personal and professional level: Ubuntu, Red Hat, Solaris and Windows 2003 at client sites, dual booting Mandriva and Windows XP on my laptop and desktop, and running Mandriva on my in house servers (which host anywhere from 50 to 100 web sites at a time). I also run a variety of distributions via VMWare Server (and other virtualization systems) on my personal machines, at client sites, and on my in-house server (my contractors all favor Linux for these purposes as well). Over the course of my career, I've also run Debian, various BSD flavors, RedHat of varying vintages, Solaris x86 (when that was really icky), Solaris on Sparc, and HP/UX. In corporate networks, I've dealt with Windows NT 3.51, 4.0 and 2000/2003 on the server side (as well as Linux and Unix). Basically, I install, configure and play with Linux distros and open-source software for entertainment. Recent projects have included integrating Samba/winbind and ADS integration, secure Intranet application integration with an LDAP directory via TLS/SSL, and upgrade/install/configuration of Testlink, MediaWiki, Trac, DokuWiki, DocMgr (wiki), OpenFiler in a High Availability configuration and subversion (among other things).
I can handle system administration, troubleshooting, configuration, and installation tasks for just about any flavor of Unix there is - if I don't know how to do something, I can figure it out. I'm primarily a systems and network services level guy, with some DBA and coding experience, but I can handle application deployment and configuration as well. I'm not a Cisco geek, but I understand networking well enough to be able to hold an intelligent conversation with one. I'm not a coder, but I've written thousands of lines of code in Perl and MySQL, and can read and understand what most code is intended to do - I often find myself debugging and tweaking open source software, in fact.
My rates (and those of my contractors) are reasonable for our level of skill, the decade plus worth of experience in varied environments we bring to the table, and the proven ongoing demand for these: $105/hr for commercial work during normal business hours.