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GNU Service Directory
This is a list of people who have asked to be listed as offering
support services for GNU software, including GNU Emacs, for a fee
or in some cases at no charge.
The information comes from the people who asked to be listed;
we do not include any information we know to be false, but we
cannot check out any of the information; we are transmitting it to
you as it was given to us and do not promise it is correct.
Also, this is not an endorsement of the people listed here.
We have no opinions and usually no information about the abilities of
any specific person. We provide this list to enable you to contact
service providers and decide for yourself whether to hire one.
Before FSF will list your name in the GNU Service Directory, we ask
that you agree informally to the following terms:
1. You will not restrict (except by copyleft) the use or distribution
of any software, documentation, or other information you supply anyone
in the course of modifying, extending, or supporting GNU software.
This includes any information specifically designed to ameliorate the
use of GNU software.
2. You will not take advantage of contact made through the Service
Directory to advertise an unrelated business (e.g., sales of
non-GNU-related proprietary information). You may spontaneously
mention your availability for general consulting, but you should not
promote a specific unrelated business unless the client asks.
Please include some indication of your rates, because otherwise users
have nothing to go by. Please put each e-mail address inside "<>".
Please put nothing else inside "<>". Thanks!
For a current copy of this directory, or to have yourself listed, ask:
** Please keep the entries in this file alphabetical **

Altrasoft <>
4880 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 205
San Jose, CA 95129-1034
+1 408 243 3300
Altrasoft provides corporate-quality support, development and user
documentation for GNU Emacs, XEmacs and InfoDock. (InfoDock is a turnkey
information management and software development toolset built atop emacs,
written by one of our associates.) Emacs distributions for a variety of
platforms are also available, as is support for other emacs variants, such as
those often found on PCs.
Our unique focus on emacs-related work allows us to attract expert talent in
this area to keep you on the leading edge of productivity, especially if you
do software development work. We do the porting, patching, coding,
integrating, debugging, documenting and testing so that your people spend
much more productive time on their mainline tasks.
Standard support packages include help on all aspects of the packages
supported, including all tools shipped as a standard part of the original
package distribution. In general, we want to give you an unbelievably strong
level of support, so where we can, we will also answer questions concerning
any add-on Lisp code that is used at your site. Setup and customization
help, bug fixes, and announcements of new releases are, of course, included.
Support rates start at $1,500 USD, for single user support for one year.
Discounts are available for group contracts. We also offer Golden Support
contracts for those who need the absolute best in mission-critical support;
contact us for details. Hourly development rates and fixed bid work are
Updated: 1997-05-12

Magnus Alvestad <>
GNU Emacs, GCC, the Unix tools, Linux, Jolt.
Rates: Free, or from $50/hour.
Updated: 1997-05-09

AO UrbanSoft <>
St. Petersburg State University Science Campus
St. Petersburg, Russia
AO UrbanSoft packages, markets and supports
industry standard free software products,
including the Linux operating system and
TeX document compiler.
The company also provides programming services
based on TeX, Tk, Python, HTML, Java, Perl and
Rates approximately 15 USD per hour.
Updated: 1997-05-25

Joseph Arceneaux <>
PO Box 460633
San Francisco, CA 94146-0633
+1 415 648 9988
+1 415 285 9088
Recently led the project making Wells Fargo Bank the first to provide
secure customer account access over the Internet.
Former FSF staffmember. Performed X11 implementation of Emacs version
19, designed and implemented WYSIWYG Emacs. Installed and
administered FSF network. Maintainer of GNU indent. Over 15 years
experience with Unix and other systems, from writing ROM monitors to
UI design and system administration.
I provide installation, porting, debugging and customization or
development of GNU and other Unix software. I also design and
implement free software projects and consult on software engineering
and systems design. Handholding and teaching services are also
available as well as things like LAN and compute--infrastructure design.
Time and material rates around $150 USD per hour, depending upon the
particular job. I am also very interested in fixed-bid jobs. For
selected non-profit organizations with worthy goals, I work for free.
Updated: 1995-10-17

Gerd Aschemann <>
Osannstr. 49
D-64285 Darmstadt
Tel.: +49 6151 16 2259
- System Administrator (UNIX) at CS Department, TU Darmstadt, Germany
- 17 years experience with CS, System administration on different platforms
- 10 years with UNIX/Networking/FreeWare/GNU/X11
- 8 years organizer of Operating Systems and Distributed Systems courses
- Lectures on System and Network Administration
- Platforms: Solaris, SunOS, Ultrix, OSF1, HP-UX, Linux, FreeBSD, AIX, SCO
- Distributed Platforms and Information Systems (CORBA, WWW, Java, FTP)
- Experience with parallel environments (Connection Machine, Meiko, Parsytec)
- Consultant
Rates are at 130,-- DM (~80 US$) per hour minimum, depending on the job.
I am willing to travel for sufficiently large jobs.
Updated: 1997-05-07

Basis Technology Corp.
One Kendall Square, Bldg 200
Cambridge, MA 02139
Tel: +1-617-252-5636
Fax: +1-617-252-9150
E-mail: <>
Technical Expertise:
Multilingual software development
Internationalization and localization of software products
International character encodings, including Unicode, ISO-10646,
ISO-2022, ISO-8859-n, JIS, KSC5601, BIG5, GB2312
Translation of technical materials into Japanese, Korean, and Chinese
including HTML, SGML, RTF, MIF, etc.
GNU-related Services:
Custom internationalization and localization of GNU software, or
applications developed using GNU tools (GCC, G++, Emacs Lisp, etc.)
Custom multilingual application development based on MULE.
GNU Contributions:
Organized 1992, 1993, and 1994 fund-raising seminars and lecture
tours for FSF in Japan.
Negotiated book royalty agreements with Japanese publishers on
behalf of the FSF.
Negotiated hardware contributions from Japanese PC vendors to
the FSF.
Carl Hoffman, Steve Cohen, or Karen Watts
Updated: 1997-05-07

Laurent Bernardin
16, rue Dicks
L-6944 Niederanven
+41 1 632 7469
Support and installation of all GNU software.
Expertise: C, C++, Java, Motif, X, Unix administration, network security
Rates: ~60 US$ / hour (Flux 2000.-)
Updated: 1997-05-07

Philip Brown
(703) 893-8967 (prefer email)
Northern-VA, D.C. Area
Rates: $40/Hr; less for educational or charitable organizations
Systems Supported:
HP9000/7xx running HP/UX 8.07 - 10.X
IBM RS6000 running AIX 3.2.X
Also SGI/Indy and Sun/Sparcs
Software Supported:
Most all FSF (Gnu) software
esp. GCC, Emacs, Binutils, GS, etc...
I'd be more than happy to assist anyone in my area with acquiring,
installing, and configuring any FSF tools/utilities on any of the
above systems. I'm also willing to work with other UNIX systems not
listed above. In addition, I'd be happy to share my many years of
experience with anyone having difficulty using or configuring these
tools. I've been installing and using them for about 5 years now
and I'll swear by their quality and the people/principles that made
them available.
Phil Brown
Updated: 1997-05-07

James Craig Burley
97 Arrowhead Circle
Ashland, MA 01721-1987
508 881-6087, -4745
(Please call only between 0900-1700 Eastern time, and only if you
are prepared to hire me -- ask me to help you for free only
via email, to which I might or might not respond.)
Email: <> --preferred--
Compiler Internals (author of GNU Fortran, for example)
Operating Systems Internals
Tools/Utilities Development and Maintenance
Microcode Development and Maintenance (primarily VLIW machines)
System Design (computers, operating systems, toolsets, &c)
Debugging (often asked to help debug Other People's Code)
Documentation (authored many books and ran a few doc projects)
Extensive experience with a variety of operating systems, hardware,
languages, and so on
Rate: $100/hour -- willing to consider flat-fee arrangements
Updated: 1997-05-07

Thomas Bushnell, n/BSG <>
Becket House
66 Highland Ave. No. 8
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 623-0654
All GNU software: Installation, customization, answering simple or
complex questions, bug fixing, extension.
Experience: I have done Unix and GNU programming for several years,
I am the primary author of the Hurd (which provides most
kernel related facilities for the GNU OS).
I am easily available in the Cambridge/Boston area; work via email.
I am willing to travel for sufficiently large jobs.
Rates: $100/hr, negotiable, less for non-profit organizations.
Updated: 1997-05-07

C2V Michel Delval <>
82 bd Haussmann Jean-Alain Le Borgne <>
75008 Paris
Tel (33 1)
Fax (33 1)
Compuserve 100413,1012
We offer source or source+binary distribution, installation, training,
maintenance, technical support, consulting, specific development and
followup on the GNU software development environment: Emacs, gcc/g++,
binutils, gas, gdb.
Experience: adapted gcc, gas and binutils to work as cross-development
tools for the Thomson D950 DSP chip: GCC parser and typing system
have been augmented to allow the manipulation of variables located in
separated memory spaces. Porting on new platforms, and professionally
developing software with the GNU tools in the Unix/X11 environment
since they were first available.
Rates: from 2000 FF/day to 150 000 FF/year, 40% discount for
educational institutions, add taxes and expenses. Ask for list.
Updated: 1997-05-09

Bruce Dawson - <>
CodeMeta, Inc.
Epping, NH USA
Specializing in GNU tools such as guile, CVS, gnats, bash, gawk, fileutils...
o 800 phone support.
o Modification and development.
o Training.
Rate: $75/hour or per quote.
Updated: 1997-05-09

Kevin Cosgrove <kevinc@dOink.COM>
I can help folks with porting & installation of many GNU
and X packages on a variety of Unix platforms.
My rates depend on the scope of each project but range
from $35 to $90 per hour.
Updated: 1997-05-07

Couvares Consulting
211 W. Gilman St., Suite 3W
Madison, WI 53703 USA
Phone: (608) 256-6201
EMail: <>
Contact: Peter F. Couvares
Type of support: We offer phone/email support, installation, ongoing
administration, training, programming, and specialized consulting for
free software and other UNIX systems.
Sample prices: USD75/hour commercial, 40/hour nonprofit, sliding scale
for individuals.
Updated: 1996-12-04

Stuart Cracraft <>
25682 Cresta Loma
Laguna Niguel, CA, 92677, USA
GNUline: 714-308-7900
Rate: $90/hour
Consultation topics:
Entire GNU suite - porting, compilation, installation,
user-training, administrator-training
Method: telephone line support, call-in via modem to your site,
work over the Internet, or in-person visit.
Experience: supporting GNU since the mid-1980's, coordinator
of GNU Chess (original author), GNU Shogi, GNU Go. Ported GNU Emacs
to Solaris (System V Release 4). Expertise in C, Emacs Lisp, Perl,
Expect, Oracle, Informix, SunOS, Solaris, NIS, NFS.
Customized programming also available.
Updated: 1997-05-07

Noel Cragg <>
6244 Aberdeen Av
Goleta CA 93117
I'll do installation, debugging, and extension of GNU tools on a
contract basis. CVS and configuration management are my current
specialties. Rate: $75/hour or per-project negotiated fee.
Updated: 1997-05-07

Cygnus Solutions
1325 Chesapeake Terrace
Sunnyvale, CA 94089 USA
+1 408 542 9600 voice
+1 408 542 9699 fax
Cygnus Solutions provides supported and maintained versions of gcc, g++, gdb
with GUI, GNU linker and GNU macro assembler. In addition, Cygnus provides
these GNU software development tools for well over 100 host-target
configurations. Support includes bug fixes and semi-annual releases of the
toolset. Each release is regression tested and includes substantial
improvements and additions to the current release. Support is available for
groups of 5 or 25 on a wide range of standard, special and vintage
toolchains for native and embedded applications. New target processors are
being added regularly. Rates for support for standard products start at $7495.
Cygnus Solutions contacts:
Kathy Powers
ph: +1-206-888-6002
fx: +1-206-888-6145
email: <>
Erik Westcott
ph: +1 408 542 9637
fx: +1 408 542 9699
email: <>
Updated: 1997-09-02 by rms

Marcus G. Daniels <>
31060 S. Kaufman Rd. <>
Canby, OR 97013-9520 <>
(503) 651-2694
I can customize, extend, port, and repair many types of free software.
I maintain the CLISP Common Lisp implementation and contribute to
several GNU packages (e.g. Emacs). Ten years of C and Unix
experience. Consulting rates start at $40 US/hr.
Updated: 1997-05-07

Edgar Der-Danieliantz (Danielyan) <>
P.O. Box 10 FAX +374 2 28 50 82
Yerevan 375009
Support for GCC, X Window System, WWW, Tcl/Tk, logic programming,
Internet security, TCP/IP.
OS's: 4.4BSD, SVR4.2, FreeBSD, SCO, Solaris, UnixWare.
Languages: C, C++, Objective C, Pascal, Tcl/Tk, Perl, Prolog
Platforms: Intel, SPARC, Mac, VAX, NeXT.
Rates: Depending on type of work, approx. $20/hour. Contact for more
Negotiable for individuals and non-profit organizations.
FREE for individuals who can't pay. Your 'Thanks!' just enough! :-)
Payment by international wire transfer or check.
Updated: 1997-05-07

Echo Labs <>
29 Weld St,
Nedlands, WA 6009
Perth, Australia
+61 (0) 41 985 9603
Echo Labs is a software consultancy that also provides support and
development skills. Specialising in GNU software, particularly Tcl/Tk
and Linux. We can deliver systems at a fraction of the cost of those
based on more traditional technologies. Internet/intranet and data
communications solutions, for all platforms are undertaken. GUI
front-ends done quickly.
While typically involved in engineering and technical area, any
GNU/freeware software will be supported.
For further details see:
Experience: 12+ years C/Unix, Sun, SCO, Linux, Win/NT.
Systems programming, device drivers, hardware interfacing.
GNU tools/utilities,
Embedded & realtime systems, software, firmware, hardware.
Communications protocols and implementation.
Degrees: BAppSc (CS), Curtin University, Perth
Rates: AUS $50-75/hr neg.
Updated: 1997-05-09

Free Software Association of Germany
Michaela Merz
Heimatring 19
6000 Frankfurt/Main 70
phone: (+49 69) 6312083)
ert : (+49-172-6987246)
email: (
Supporting all kinds of freeware (i.e. GNU), freeware development, consulting,
training, installation. Special LINUX support group.
Companies and for profit
organizations : 100 US$ / hour
Private and not-for-profit
organizations : 40 US$ / hour
ert (24h Emergency
response team) : 300 US$ / hour
Entered: 1994-04-14

Noah Friedman <>
1111 W. El Camino Real #109-331
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Author of several Emacs Lisp packages and parts of Emacs, as well as
numerous network and unix system utilities. Co-maintained GNU Texinfo and
Autoconf for a couple of years. Experienced unix systems administrator.
FSF employee Feb 1991--Sep 1994.
I can perform installation, porting, and enhancement of all GNU software
and any other free software, including the Linux kernel; system design and
administration for unix-type systems and IP networks; and I am willing to
provide handholding for shell programming, Emacs Lisp development, and
version control systems such as RCS and CVS.
Fees negotiable, averaging $75-$100/hour. I can work in the California bay
area or anywhere accessible on the Internet. For larger jobs I may be
willing to travel.
Updated: 1997-05-08

Ronald F. Guilmette <>
RG Consulting
1751 East Roseville Pkwy. #1828
Roseville, CA 95661
Tel: +1 916 786 7945
FAX: +1 916 786 5311
Services: Development & porting of GNU software development tools.
GNU Contributions:
Invented, designed, and implemented the protoize and
unprotoize tools supplied with GCC2.
Designed and developed all code to support the generation
of Dwarf symbolic debugging information for System V Release
4 in GCC2.
Performed original port of GNU compilers to SVr4 system.
Finished port of GNU compilers to Intel i860 RISC
Experience: 13+ years UNIX systems experience, all working on compilers
and related tools.
7+ years working professionally on GCC, G++, and GDB under
contract to various firms including the Microelectronics
and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC), Data General (DG),
Network Computing Devices (NCD), and Intel Corp.
Other qualifications:
Developer of the RoadTest (tm) C and C++ commercial
compiler test suites.
Former vice-chairman of UNIX International Programming
Languages Special Interest Group (UI/PLSIG).
Bachelor's and a Master's degrees, both in Computer Science.
Rates: Variable depending upon contract duration. Call for quote.
Updated: 1997-05-07

Michael P. Deignan
Ideamation, Inc.
136 Nelson Street
Providence, RI 02908
(401) 331-3708
(401) 272-6449 fax.
Rate: Varies depending on complexity of task.
Hourly and fixed-rate contracts are available.
Programs Supported: All
Updated: 1997-05-07

Interactive Information Limited
Interactive Information Limited is an Edinburgh-based company that
specialises in WWW services and support for using the Internet for
Our staff have many years experience in using, and developing lisp packages
within, Emacs, and in using other GNU/Unix tools, particularly under public
domain UNIXes.
We can provide services throughout the UK, at any level from general
consultancy through fetching, installing and customising software to
bespoke programming. Fees would be in the range #300 - #600 per day,
depending primarily on the size of the job.
You can contact us
by email: <>
by phone: 0370 30 40 52 (UK)
(+44) 370 30 40 52 (International)
by post: 3, Lauriston Gardens,
Edinburgh EH3 9HH
Entered: 1997-05-09

Scott D. Kalter <>
2032 Corral Canyon
Malibu, CA 90265-9503
Home: (310) 456-0254
Very familiar with all levels of Elisp programming. Taught Emacs use
and customization in universities and industry. Extensive
troubleshooting and user support experience. Co-developed an
object-oriented extension to Elisp (Eoops) that can be used for
projects. Extensive Elisp level modification for rapid prototyping of
designs used in groupware research. This includes the development of
an infrastructure to support multiple, communicating Emacs processes.
Prefer e-mail communication to telephone calls.
Updated: 1997-05-07

Kaman Sciences Corporation
Griffiss Business & Technology Park
775 Daedalian Drive
Rome, NY 13441-4909
(315) 334-4900
Dennis Fitzgerald <>
Tom Robbins <>
Kaman Sciences has performed a GNU port for a custom RISC processor.
We have experience in the definition and description of the machine
register transfer language to the GNU tool-set. This includes rewriting
and modification of the necessary description and source files of gcc, gas,
and gld and other binutils. Kaman also has services for installation and
setup of GNU tools, (GAWK, GCC, EMACS, etc.) on Sun workstations.
Work is on a "service contract" basis and development is charged either
hourly or as a fixed price contract.
Consulting rates: $70 to $175 per hour.
Updated: 1997-05-07

Joseph R. Kiniry <>
Caltech Mailstop 256-80
Pasadena, CA 91125 <>
Phone: 818-395-4840
Fax: 818-792-4257
Long-term high-level consultant in a variety of domains. See for more information on
professional and academic background.
I provide installation, porting, debugging, customization, design, and
development of GNU and other UNIX and non-UNIX software. I am or have
been a certified developer with Microsoft, SunSoft, NeXT, and Amiga.
I have a great deal of development and management experience and an
extremely broad background which contributes to my excellent system
integration capabilities. I have a special expertise and conduct
research in distributed object technologies.
Time and material rates for local work vary regionally, but are
currently $250 per hour on the west coast. Other rates apply for
long-term jobs (day rates, travel, etc.) and remote work (usually 1/2
fee). I am interested in fixed-bid jobs and will work for lower rates
for non-profit organizations and educational institutions.
Updated: 1997-05-07

Bradley M. Kuhn
I am available for Unix system administration consulting, including but not
limited to installation, configuration and integration of GNU tools and other
copy-lefted software such as GNU/Linux and the various distributions of
I am particularly skilled at integration of GNU and other copy-lefted software
into new environments that have not used such tools in the past, and porting
the GNU software to new Unix-based platforms.
Please visit my homepage for more information on my background and skills. My
resume is also available there.
I am available for both 1099 (preferred) and W2 on-site contracting in the
Cincinnati, OH, USA metropolitan area, as well as remote consulting via dialup
or Internet connection anywhere in the USA. I have no interest in permanent
relocation at this time.
My rate varies greatly between $25-$40/hour, depending on the circumstances.
Rates for non-profit organizations are substantially lower, and possibly free.
Please note that I have no interest in working with any Micro$oft related
products! I want the primary focus of my work to be contributing
to the free software community.
Updated: 1997-12-04

Fen Labalme <>
CoMedia Consulting http//
40 Carl Street #4 WE ARE EVERYWHERE
San Francisco CA 94117 JUST SAY "KNOW"
Consulting, installation, customization and training for GNU Emacs,
and selected other GNU & network software. Design & implementation
of free software projects, as well as software engineering & system
design. I have been hacking Emacs since '76 when it was TECO and ^R
macros (don't ask), and am inter/intra-network, UNIX & Web friendly.
Rates: $75 hour & up, depending; flat rate jobs considered.
Lower rates, barter or free for selected non-profits.
Updated: 1997-05-07

Greg Lehey
PO Box 460
Echunga SA 5153
Phone: +61-8-8388-8250
Fax: +61-8-8388-8250
Mobile: +61-41-739-7062
Mail <>
Services: Supply, porting, installation, consultation on all GNU
Experience: 20 years OS and compiler experience, ports of most GNU
products. Author of ported software CD-ROM for UNIX System V.4.2,
"Porting UNIX Software" (O'Reilly), "Installing and Running FreeBSD"
and "The Complete FreeBSD" (both Walnut Creek).
Rates: Choice of AUD 120 per hour or hotline rates AUD 2.50 DM per
minute. Outside Australia, $US 100 per hour or $US 2 per minute.
Quick questions may be free. Limited free support available for
purchasers of LEMIS CD-ROMs.
Updated: 1997-05-09

Rohan Lenard <>
32 Holtermann St.
Crows Nest, NSW 2065
+61 411250024
* The human face behind the mailing list - known
in the past as <> and <> - now
known as <>.
* Interested in providing first line support and development.
Experience: 10+ years C/Unix, 6+ years C++
Extensive experience with GNU tools, cross-compilers,
embedded/hosted systems, realtime, simulations,
and military software.
Degrees: BSc (CS), BE (Comms), University of Melbourne
Rates: AUS $75+/hr neg.
Updated: 1997-05-17

Reuven M. Lerner <>
17 Disraeli Street
Haifa 34333
Phone: 04-824-2265 (within Israel)
+972-4-824-2265 (outside of Israel)
Fax: 04-826-1219 (within Israel)
+972-4-826-1219 (outside of Israel)
- System and network administration, especially Linux-based systems
and networks
- Administration, training, and programming for Internet nodes and
World-Wide Web sites
- Installation, support and training in the use of Linux, Emacs, Perl,
and other free software
- Expertise in C, Emacs Lisp, and Perl
Consulting rates: $75/hour, less for educational institutions.
Updated: 1997-05-07

Richard Levitte (in TeX: Richard Levitte
Levitte Programming Levitte Programming
Spannvagen 38, I Spannv\"agen 28, I
S-168 35 Bromma S-168 35 Bromma
Sweden Sweden) +46 (8) 26 52 47 (there is an answering machine)
Cellular: +46 (10) 222 64 05
e-mail: <>
What I do:
Primarily I work on GNU software for VMS, both VAX and AXP. I've
been porting GNU Emacs to VMS since spring 1991. I've ported a
bunch of other GNU programs as well. I maintain GNU vmslib.
For further info, see
Programs supported:
To a varying degree (ranging from extension and porting to
installation and simple questions) at the time of updating this
- GNU vmslib, emacs, autoconf, zip, diffutils, m4, patch, texinfo,
C/C++; on both VMS and Unix.
- Other GNU programs to a small degree; on Unix.
For further info, look at
Fluent in TeX/LaTeX and many programming languages.
Modified key elements in Emacs (e.g., memory and process management)
to work transparently on VMS. I have very good knowledge in the VMS
operating system. I'm also knowledged in the a few Unix flavors.
For further info, see
Your Rate:
$70-$100/hour (500-800 SEK in sweden), plus expenses. My rates
are negotiable, depending on how interesting the project is to me.
Updated: 1997-05-08

Lexa Software
1590 The Alameda, Suite 102
San Jose, CA 95126
+1 800 278-2040
+1 408 278-2043 voice
+1 408 278-2045 fax
Lexa Software provides support for GNU C/C++ including the GNU debugger
and linker. Lexa has extensive experience supporting GCC/G++ on SNI
and Pyramid as well as all other MIPS ABI platforms. We offer support
to 2, 5, 25 and larger number of users via phone, email, ftp.
Updated: 1997-05-01

Gord Matzigkeit <>
2220 Capitol Hill Crescent
Calgary, Alberta T2M 4B9 Voice: (403) 282-1387
CANADA FAX: (403) 284-0137
I will help install badly-behaved source code packages, and have experience
fixing them to conform to GNU standards. I will gladly help novices and
intermediate computer users to understand, install, and use free software,
whether or not I have prior experience with that software. I know my
limitations well, and will freely give other contacts if I do not want to
solve your problem myself.
I have installed and administered free and proprietary systems in home,
academic, and business environments. I have practical experience in most
aspects of Unix and network security. I know how to diagnose a complex
existing computer system and incrementally replace it with a superior free
system without disrupting service.
I have over 2 years of experience with several of the major free OSes:
Linux/GNU (Red Hat, Debian, Slackware), NetBSD, FreeBSD, and GNU/Hurd. I am
the maintainer of GNU Libtool and GNU DLD. Some of my specialties are:
Emacs, Automake, Autoconf, SANE, C, Perl, and shell script programming.
My rates start at $10 (Canadian dollars) per hour. When I am not starving, I
do not charge worthy non-profit organizations.
Updated: 1997-05-08

Andrew McCallum
6623 Dalzell Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Home: (412) 422-0688
Services: Support, enhancements, new development in:
GNU Objective C
GNUstep, both graphical and non-graphical.
GNUstep Base Library: libgnustep-base
(especially Distributed Objects)
Interface between Objective-C and Guile or TCL: libguileobjc.
Experience: 10+ years of UNIX experience.
Programming for NeXTSTEP since version 0.8, 1988.
MA and PhD in Computer Science.
Extensive work on GNU Objective C Runtime.
Author of GNUstep Base Library, including Distributed Objects
FSF Chief Maintainer of the GNUstep Project.
Contributor to GCC, Emacs, Guile.
C, Objective-C, Postscript, Scheme, Lisp, ELisp, Linux.
English and Francais.
Rates: $90-$150 / hour, negotiable, depending on many variables.
Updated: 1997-05-07

Erik Naggum <>
P.O. Box 1570 Vika
0118 OSLO phone: +47 8800 8879
NORWAY NIC handle: EN9
Background: I have extensive experience with programming under Unix, in C
in particular (since 1983), with standards and specifications for Internet
protocols (since 1987), International Standards for character sets and
encoding schemes (since 1988), ISO 8879 SGML (since 1990, national head of
delegation to ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 18/WG 8 since 1991), and ANSI X3.226 Common
Lisp (since early 1994). I have been an Emacs user and programmer from
1984 to 1987 (TOPS-20) and from 1991 to present (Unix). since early 1994,
I have worked on GNU Emacs development, in both Lisp and C, and since mid
1995, I have been tracking the development code.
Services I offer the free software community include supporting Emacs users
and programmers with expert advice (gratis on USENET or mailing lists where
others may benefit), customizing and writing Emacs functions and packages,
delivering courses and seminars from tutorials to writing Emacs Lisp and C
extensions, and providing general aid with all GNU software.
My standard rate is a flat USD 80 per hour or USD 2 per minute (you decide
which time unit to apply), but to offset the cost of processing money, the
minimum credit card charge is USD 100 and the minimum invoiced amount is
USD 250. Discounts are available to worthy causes -- present your case.
Time away from home is billed at USD 40 per hour around the clock to
encourage remote work. (Courses and seminars are negotiated individually.)
Please call only about actual work, I prefer mail for all other questions.
Updated: 1997-07-18

NET-Community <>
522 SW 5th Avenue
Suite 1105
Portland, OR 97204 USA
1-800-919-0060 voice
1-503-274-4423 voice
1-503-274-5406 fax
NET-Community provides support for the complete GNUstep toolset
including the Objective-C runtime within GCC, the GNUstep Base Library,
the Display Ghostscript system, the GNUstep GUI Library, the GNUstep
X/DPS GUI Backend, and the GNUstep Database Library. NET-Community also
provides support for its own MediaBook software including the MediaBook
Random Library and the MediaBook Speech Synthesis Library.
NET-Community actively supports and develops free software on all
GNUstep platforms; a portion of the proceeds, usually 20%, generated
from CD-ROM sales go towards additional development and enhancement of
Updated: 1997-05-12

Open Systems Consultants a.s
St. Olavsgt. 24
N-0166 OSLO
Phone: Fax:
+47 22 20 40 50 +47 22 20 02 85
Web: E-mail: <>
Open Systems Consultants a.s can provide programming support for all
GNU software -- extending or adopting it to meet customer needs.
Prices vary with software and project. Hourly fees are in the $80-120
range. Fixed-priced projects are also available. No phone support.
Updated: 1997-05-08

Francesco Potorti` <>
Via S.Stefano, 8
56123 Pisa, Italy
Tel. (050)560671
Emacs: installation and maintenance, training and tutorials,
customisation, extensions, troubleshooting. Author of some of
the packages in the emacs distribution, has made the porting
of emacs to the Motorola Delta architecture.
Other: installation and maintenance of GNU software. Experience with
hylafax, RCS, gperf, etags, smail, indent, diff, gawk, gcc,
screen. Is the current maintainer of etags.
Rates: 30-80 KL/hr, depending on experience on the particular task.
Average is 50 KL/hr $50/hr.
Prefer e-mail communication to telephone.
Qualifications: Electronic Engineering degree, Pisa. Full time
researcher in CNUCE-CNR.
Familiar with elisp programming and porting of C programs.
Updated: 1997-05-08

Dipl.-Inform. Klaus Kaempf <>
proGIS Software
Jakobstr. 117
D-52064 Aachen
Tel +49 241 470670
Fax +49 241 4706729
- 15 years C/Unix experience
- 6 years VMS experience
- Ported BFD library, Binutils, GNU Assembler, GNU C, GNU C++,
GNU C++ libraries, and GNU Make to openVMS/Alpha.
We do a lot of cross-platform (Unix-VMS-WindowsNT) development
mostly with the GNU compiler environment. We are actively
supporting GNU software on openVMS/Alpha.
Rates start at 160.- DM / hour for support and
installation. Larger projects are negotiable.
Updated: 1997-05-08

Quiotix Corporation
Menlo Park, CA
Contact: Jeffrey Siegal
415 324-0535
Area of focus: Embedded systems--using GNU software to develop for
embedded systems, porting GNU software to embedded systems, extending GNU
software to better support embedded environments, developing new tools and
utilities for embedded development using GNU software.
Services: porting, development, support, project management, advisory
Rates: $125-$250/hour or fixed fees depending on services provided.
Updated: 1997-05-16

Wolfgang S. Rupprecht <>
47 Esparito Ave.
Fremont, CA 94539-3827
(510) 659-9757
Anything, (lisp, C, customization, porting, installing) I have
written thousands of lines of GNU Emacs C and Lisp code. Original
author of the floating point additions in Emacs 19.
Rates: $95/hr.
Updated: 1997-05-08

Stanislav Shalunov
Phones: on request
Installing, configuring, helping learn any free software.
Handholding, trouble shooting. Making custom changes to free
software written in C. Teaching, lecturing, consulting.
Want to have a free OS with free software serving your needs but do
not want to spend time yourself or not very skilled with the
computers? Cannot decide which free software suits your needs
better? Drop me a line.
Well, essentially, anything else on special request. :-)
Rate: $30/hour if you are in Moscow and I am there when you request
job done, $50 if the job may be done remotely (like configuring user
level program), $60/hour + travel expenses otherwise. (Negotiable,
significant discounts may apply.)
Entered 1997-07-17
Vin Shelton
EtherSoft, Inc
I have been a professional programmer for 20 years, with most of that time
spent doing UNIX/C/C++ hacking. My specialties are (in no particular
order): system/kernel hacking, speech recognition, perl, object-oriented
design and analysis, FSF software (I have built nearly every FSF package on
several different platforms), small language design and implementation, and
HTML/web programming. Currently I'm a member of the XEmacs beta testing
team - I'm responsible for maintaining the version 19.15 patches and have
written a few small packages/lisp hacks. My rates vary from $60 - $100 per
hour, depending on the size of the project.
Updated: 1997-05-09

Signum Support AB <>
Teknikringen 8
S-583 30 Linkoping, Sweden
+46 13 21 46 00 voice
+46 13 21 47 00 fax
Signum Support AB is a company dedicated to supporting, developing and
distributing free software for mainly UNIX systems. The people behind
Signum Support AB have many years of general UNIX and Internet
experience, both as system administrators and as programmers, and also
extensive experience in maintaining and administering the GNU programs
and Linux.
Signum Support develops and markets the free GUI equipped Readynet
Internet server, the free PHTTPD http server and the easy to use Linux
based Fuego firewall.
Services offered:
- Support on Internet service software, especially the free
Readynet Internet server we have developed for Linux.
- Support on Linux.
- Customization of Linux.
- Installation and customizing GNU and other free software. We are
making free software as easy to install and use as shrink wrapped
- Warranty protection.
- Finding, Recommending and Investigation of free software in any
area of the customer's choice.
- Regular consulting.
Rates: For software items, request our price list.
For consulting, 700-900 SEK/hour.
Updated: 1997-05-12

Jon Solomon <>
235 Main St., Apt 3C-1
East Hartford, Conn. 06118
+1 860 895-8289
Maintains all GNU software... Available for General Consulting
(contact me if you are interested)...
Sendmail a specialty... Can answer questions pertaining to the
installation, maintenance, bug reporting and fixing for
most GNU products... Adhering to the FSF/GNU copyleft for all
work... (I only charge for the time it takes to do the above,
the software (and most GNU copyleft'd software) is free.
I can make tapes for you if you need that...
Updated: 1997-05-09

Name: Julian Stacey <>
Location: Munich Germany, & on the Internet.
Qualifications: University Degree, BSc Hons Computer & Cybernetics, 1980.
Phone: +49.89.268616 Fax: +49.89.260812 Data: +49.89.26023276
Time Zone: +01:00
Rate: 130-170 DM/Hour. 2.7846 DM = 1 Pound = US $1.6332
Commercial Independent Freelance Consultancy:
Any Unix (inc FreeBSD, Linux etc), C, X-Windows, FSF Tools,
Internet, Systems engineering, hardware interfacing,
real time, comms & scientific industrial, even Cyrillic &
Chinese interfaces etc. No Emacs. No Cobol.
Free Sources: FSF, FreeBSD & NetBSD CVS & current (daily!) & releases,
X-Windows, XFree86, Free dial in soon (details on web).
Media Copy Charge ~DM 100 QIC 1/4" 525M, 150M, & 60M; & CAS-60M.
Free GCC-1.40 For Symmetric Computer Systems Model 375 (native cc is broken).
Languages: Deutsch & Francais
Man kann mir in Deutsch schreiben, (oder mich anrufen).
Je comprend Francais, mais je n'ecris pas des responses en Fr.
- The Free Software Foundation do not pay me.
- I earn my living from professional consultancy fees.
- Though I write code for public domain ...
- I will Not solve stranger's complex problems for free !
1) Tell me Immediately, Are You:
A) Expecting to pay my bill for professional consultancy.
B) Seeking a few minutes advice free of charge.
2) Give me your email address, or that of a friend.
or Volunteer to phone back ~ 5 days later to collect follow-up
info. from the net. (No I will not incur bills phoning you back).
3) Speak English if you want free advice ! I speak German, &
listen in French, but if you're not paying, make some effort too !
Updated: 1997-05-15

Richard M. Stallman <>
545 Tech Sq, Rm 430
Cambridge, MA 02139
Emacs: anything whatever
Is anyone interested in courses in using or extending GNU Emacs?
Original inventor of Emacs and main author of GNU Emacs and GCC.
Rates: $6/min or $250/hr.
Updated: 1997-05-09

Kayvan Sylvan <>
Sylvan Associates
879 Lewiston Drive
San Jose, CA 95136-1517
Phone: (408) 978-1407
Fax: (408) 978-1417
I will help you port, install and customize GNU Emacs, GCC, G++,
bison, and other GNU tools on almost any architecture and operating
system. Questions answered. GNU C and lisp hacking available. I will
also do ongoing support and periodic upgrades if you get on my GNU
software subscription list.
Rates: $70-$100/hour, depending on type of work. Substantial discounts
for long-term contracts and also for educational or non-profit
Experience: Many different Unix systems (2.9BSD to 4.4BSD, Xenix, SVR3 and
SVR4, Linux, FreeBSD). Systems programming and system administration on all
brands of Unix. Kernel hacking experience. Lots of porting experience.
Updated: 1997-05-09

TerraTel AB <>
Tankeg=E5ngen 4
S-417 56 G=F6teborg, Sweden
+46 31 50 79 40 voice
+46 31 50 79 39 fax
TerraTel AB is a company that does consultant jobs and holds courses
in the fields of Unix software, TCP/IP networking and Internet
applications. The people behind TerraTel AB have many years
of general UNIX experience, both as system administrators and as
programmers, and also extensive experience in maintaining the GNU
programs; in administration as well as finding and fixing bugs.
Services offered:
- Installation and customizing GNU and other free software. We will
make free software as easy to install and use as shrink wrapped
- Service and support subscriptions.
- Warranty protection.
- Customization and porting.
- Subscriptions to new versions which we will send monthly or with
any other interval.
- Finding, recommending and investigating free software in any
area of the customers choice.
- Regular consulting.
- Support on Internet service software, especially the free
- Support on Linux.
- Freeware based courses in Unix usage, C, C++, or any GNU tools
Rates: For courses, contact us for a quote,
For consulting, $60-120/hour, depending on contract length.
Entered: 1997-05-12

Jonathan Thornburg / BKIS Consulting
E-mail: <> (preferred way to contact me)
Postal: Box 8-7, Thetis Island BC V0R 2Y0, Canada
Phone: (250) 246-3640 (somewhat unreliable)
* B.Sc (Honors 1st Class) in Math+Physics+CS, M.Sc and Ph.D in Astronomy
* 20+ years computing experience using a wide range of software and
hardware environments
* Very fluent in C (15+ years experience)
* Fluent in C++, Perl, sh, csh, Awk, Fortran, PL/I, Pascal, APL, Lisp,
Basic, Maple, Reduce, various machine languages
* Very fluent (10+ years experience) in general Unix toolset and programming
* Good knowledge (4+ years experience) of Unix system administration
(SunOS, Linux, SGI)
* Strong background (both theory and practical experience) in Unix/network
security, computer graphics, X and Motif GUI programming
* Good general knowledge of Unix (kernel) internals and device drivers
* Very fluent in LaTeX, TeX, also HTML, HTTP, and CGI programming
* Member of Usenix (professional and technical Unix association) and
SAGE (system administrator's guild)
* Very strong background (extensive experience) in numerical analysis
* Strong backgrounds in hardware architecture, microprogramming,
programming language implementation, compiler theory, data structures,
OS design and internals, networking, symbolic manipulation, AI
I'm available for Unix-based contract programming, software installation,
and/or general system administration. My recent projects include several
20K-50K 50K line C/Maple/Awk scientific applications, several small (1K line)
Perl/Awk text processors and "system glue" CGI programs, finding and fixing
bugs in a (free) 50K line graphics package, and a partially completed project
to port (really rewrite) the GUI of a 50K line C++ Netscape plugin from
Win32 to Unix/X/Motif.
Unless otherwise required by a client, all the software I write is covered
by the GNU Public License. My basic rate is Can$50/hour for work I can do
remotely over the Internet, more for on-site work, less for selected
non-profit organizations.
Updated: 1997-05-19

Leonard H. Tower Jr. <>
36 Porter Street
Somerville, MA 02143
Will work on most GNU software.
Installation, handholding, trouble shooting, extensions, teaching.
Rates: $ 150.00/hour + travel expenses. Negotiable for non-profits.
Experience: Have hacked on over a dozen architectures in many languages. Have
system mothered too many varieties of Unixes. Assisted rms with the front end
of gcc and its back-end support. Resume available on request.
Updated: 1997-05-24

noris network GmbH
Matthias Urlichs
Schleiermacherstrasse 12
90491 Nuernberg
Phone: +49 911 59818-0
Fax: +49 911 59818-11
<> (German)
OS internals, esp. Linux and BSD, esp. device drivers
Network protocol / program design and coding
Utilities coding and maintenance
Program debugging, testing
User interface design and testing
Several programming and tool languages
Installation, debugging, enhancement, distribution,
for all kinds of free software.
System administration for most Unix-like systems.
Email, Fax, phone, and in-person consulting (and/or "question answering").
Remote support and system monitoring (over the Internet),
Update service (new tools tested and installed automagically)
Internet access
DM 150 (~$85) per hour
Support contracts start at DM 220/month + DM 30/supported system.
Willing to travel for sufficiently large jobs.
Rates don't include taxes.
Updated: 1997-08-04

Paul C.A. van Gool
Address: Faculty of Aerospace Engineering
Delft University of Technology
Kluyverweg 1, 2629 HS Delft
The Netherlands
Phone: +31-15-2785370
Fax : +31-15-2786480
I would like to provide unpaid support for the following things:
- C
- C++
- f2c
- compilation and installation of most GNU packages
Updated: 1997-05-12

Arne Wichmann
EMail: <>
Telephone on request.
I support GNU software on the following platforms:
SunOS 4.X 5.X
other platforms on request.
Usual rates: 20DM per hour. Free support for private people as time
Updated: 1997-05-16

Jody Winston
xprt Computer Consulting, Inc.
731 Voyager
Houston, TX, 77058
(281) 480-UNIX, <>
We have supported, installed, and used the entire GNU software suite
for over 8 years on many different Unix platforms. We have written
character device drivers and proc file systems for custom hardware
running on Linux. In addition, we have developed a custom X11 server
and X input extensions. Our consulting rate is $150.00 US dollars per
hour, negotiable, plus a per diem for out of town work.
Updated: 1997-05-12

Lige Zhou
Open Technologies Corporation
Sun Lotus Bldg. 2nd Floor
2-9-1 Chuou, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 164 Japan
Tel: +81-3-3365-2911 Fax: +81-3-3365-2920
E-mail: <>
My profile is listed at:
I have two years of experience porting and supporting GNU C Compiler and
GNU Assembler at the Wingnut project of SRA, Inc., Tokyo.
I can provide free consultation on these products if the problem is not
Updated: 1996-12-04

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