About Applied Computing Expertise

Founded in 1983 to develop systems software and applications for the burgeoning Unix market, ACE enthusiastically adopted Linux and the Open Source movement in 1993.

As a matter of deliberate policy, we are a small company, with the emphasis on quality rather than quantity, and our development philosophy is to use small teams of highly proficient specialists.

We concentrate on supplying Linux-based solutions, but we also support, and develop software for, several variants of SCO Unix, along with Sun and Mac. We do not develop applications for Microsoft Windows, but we do integrate Windows machines into Linux networks.

We develop both systems software, such as device drivers and compilers for special-purpose languages, and bespoke commercial applications. We also tailor and augment standard commercial applications.

We are proficient in the vast range of development tools available in the Linux environment, so that we can always use the right tool for the job. Most device driver and compiler development tends to be in C, of course, while for commercial applications we use a range of database solutions and appropriate languages.

We have tackled a wide range of applications, in projects ranging from a couple of programs to several hundred, while the largest project, which comprised a plethora of inter-related but logically discrete applications, was driven by a complex database of 195 files.

We specialise in constructing resilient Linux-based systems, both on our own servers and on customer machines. We can install and commission servers, firewalls and desktop machines as well as the associated network infrastructure.

Although a small company, we have a pool of consultants upon whom we can call as necessary, and we operate on a world-wide scale with partners in Washington and Sydney.


About our founder

Our founder, Dean Moorcroft

After obtaining a BSc in Physics from UMIST [the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology], Dean joined the computer department of an American-based multi-national, working on IBM main-frames, primarily in Assembler. After 10 years, first in London and then in Brussels, he left to join a small software house in Balham ["Gateway to the South"], working on mini-computers.

After 5 years, during which he moved the company to Unix systems, installing 4 of the first 6 commercial Unix systems in the UK on the way, he left to form his own company, reasoning that the best way to work for someone he truly admired was to work for himself.