Our thanks go to RapidSwitch Ltd, who are providing the Internet connectivity for this system in sponsorship of the Debian project.
This system provides a home for the UK mirror of the Debian FTP archives. They are available here:
If you were looking here to find out what we charge for consultancy, the answer is:
£1075* GBP per day + VAT + expenses
If that's beyond your budget, there are plenty of other people offering various forms of support, many of whom charge less than us.
hands.com ltd. has been providing consultancy and annual support contracts to discerning clients since 1993, specialising in Free Software, and Unix-like operating systems. Debian GNU/Linux is our preferred OS, but we can also offer support for other Free Software platforms, as well as supporting Free Software programs on proprietary OSs.
We have been supporting GNU/Linux for about as long as it's been possible to do so, as you can see from this early invoice.
We specialise in problem solving using Free Software and are able to provide solutions to most connectivity problems (i.e. Networking, Security, Data Translation, General Comms etc.) by selecting from the wide range of Free Software with which we are familiar (a list too long to enumerate here)
We use Free Software not only because it is generally better than anything you can buy, but also because it protects our clients from being tied into a single supplier situation. If one of our clients were to decide to go elsewhere for whatever reason, they could do so without worrying about not being able to obtain support and future updates for the software that we had supplied.
As you can tell from the rest of this site, we're strongly committed to the whole philosophy of Free Software.
Despite the fact that we comprehensively support Samba, we do not provide support for MS-Windows, or other non-free software, so if you need support for your MS-Windows clients you'll need to get that elsewhere.
Just in case you worry about such things, this server is an LVM VM running Debian GNU/Linux. The HTML service is provided by Nginx for most of the content, along with Apache for a few bits and pieces. The underlying physical server is also a Debian GNU/Linux based PC, powered by an AMD Phenom II AM3 1055T processor and 12GB of ECC RAM, plugged into an Asus M4A77T motherboard. The hard drives are three WD4000FYYZ (4TB) drives, three WD2002FAEX/SS (2TB) drives, and a Samsung SSD 850 PRO 256GB for caching. The drives are plugged into either the motherboard controller, or a Silicon Image, Inc. SiI 3132, arranged as md RAID1's with LVM on top. It also has an Simtec Electronics Entropy Key plugged into an internal socket, for added entropy, which allows it to cheerfully handle crypto traffic.