credativ pre-paid Open Source Support Card leads the market

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Tough competition for commercial distributions – the Support Card for Linux distributions is here!

Rugby, 23 March 2010 – credativ UK joins its German counterpart in offering the Open Source Support Card for Linux distributions.

Today, credativ is launching its unique pre-paid Open Source Support Card. Businesses using Linux distributions such as Debian and CentOS stand to benefit from expert support without being tied into a contract, in contrast to other commercial Linux support vendors.

Some of the advantages of the Linux Support Card include:

  • Freedom: As no contract is required, the number of support hours needed can be directly added to the card – enabling complete control over costs.
  • Flexibility: Support credit can be redeemed against any number of Linux servers and desktops, as well as additional services such as training and consultancy.
  • Accessibility: Support is available via telephone, email and remote access.

Pricing will start at £480 (exc. VAT) and provide customers with direct access to our team of experienced 3rd level support engineers. credativ pre-paid Support Cards will initially be available for Debian and CentOS but will cover other popular Open Source platforms and applications over the coming months.

Simon Bowring, Sales and Marketing Manager at credativ UK explains:

“Customers requiring greater flexibility can benefit from the Open Source Support Card, which enables them to access support as and when required, without being locked into a lengthy contract.

For businesses running a Linux distribution such as Debian or CentOS, our Support Card can significantly reduce support costs; customers can decide when and how much they want to invest in support.“

The credativ pre-paid Linux Support Card is available not only to business customers but also to OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), channel resellers and system integrators who would like to offer their customers Linux support but do not have their own in-house expertise.

About credativ:

Founded in 1999, credativ is an independent consulting and services company which operates from Germany, the U.K., Canada, and the U.S. With a large team of experts in open source software, credativ offers a vast knowledge base that can be tapped into at any time by its clients. The company focuses on the service and support of open source software with a comprehensive range of services, including open source consulting, architectural and technical advice, open source software development, open source training, and personalised support. credativ is “Your One-Stop Shop for Open Source Support™”; the Open Source Support Centre has been offering 24x7 enterprise level support for numerous Open Source projects in Germany since 2006, in the UK since 2007 and in the US since 2009. The company has around 50 employees across its sites in Germany, the UK, the US and Canada.

The Open Source Support Centre logo, OSSC, Your One-Stop Shop for Open Source Support and credativ are trademarks of credativ GmbH. All other trade names are the property of their respective owners.

The Open Source Support Centre (OSSC) offers support for the following:

Debian, Kubuntu, Ubuntu, Xandros, SUSE, Red Hat, Fedora, CentOS, Linspire, Mandriva, Slackware, Open BSD, Gnome, KDE, MySQL, PostgreSQL, PostGIS, Slony, Zarafa, eGroupware, Kolab Groupware, Scalix, SugarCRM, vtiger, CITADEL, Mozilla-Firefox, Mozilla-Suite, OpenOffice, Thunderbird, Wine, Apache, Asterisk, OpenSER, OpenPBX, CallWeaver, SpamAssassin, ClamAV, OpenLDAP, OTRS, RT, Samba, Cyrus, Dovecot, Exim, Postfix, sendmail, Amanda, Bacula, Heartbeat, Keepalived, Nagios, Open Security Filter, Ferm, FAI, Squid, XEN, VirtualBox.

For further information please contact:

credativ Ltd,
36 Regent Street,
CV21 2PS

Press contact

Simon Bowring

Tel: +44 (0) 1788 298150
Fax: +44 (0) 1788 298159

Further Information

Chris Halls

Tel: +44 (0) 1788 298150
Fax: +44 (0) 1788 298159

credativ locations and contact details


Head Office

credativ GmbH
Hohenzollernstraße 133


Tel: +49 (0) 21 61 - 46 43-0

Fax: +49 (0) 21 61 - 46 43-100

München Office

credativ GmbH
Klausenburger Str. 9
81677 München

Tel: +49 (0) 89 - 45810785
Fax: +49 (0) 89 - 45810786

Executive Directors: Dr. Michael Meskes, Jörg Folz


credativ Ltd.
36 Regent Street
CV21 2PS

Tel: +44 (0) 1788 298150
Fax: +44 (0) 1788 298159

Managing Directors: Dr. Michael Meskes, Chris Halls


credativ LLC
616 Burnham Street
El Cajon / San Diego
CA 92019

Tel: +1 619 270 87 87

Managing Directors: Dr. Michael Meskes, Joseph E. Conway


credativ LTD (CA)
Zina st. 78
Orangeville Ont.
L9W1E8 - Orangeville

Tel: +1 519 341 2469

Managing Directors: Dr. Michael Meskes, Dave Cramer