Note: I marked items with "==>" that require a serious discussion before we jump on this bandwagon.

I called OLM and talked to the sales people for a while, asking questions we discussed and some more that came up while I perused their demo pages. The sales woman passed me to technical support to answer a few she and I noted were beyond her knowledge. I talked to the tech support guy for a while, then talked to both his supervisor and a "senior tech" about various things.

Except for my initial confusion about how they implemented their virtual server, which their senior tech cleared up somewhat for me, it is exactly as I thought.

To use their VPS requires that we take over sysadmin of a Linux system (a modified version of Red Hat 7.2).  That it happens to be a piece of a larger system is irrelevant -- what we see is a standalone Linux system sitting directly on the Internet. This is the biggest thing we have to decide.  I know a lot about this type of system. Several other people know enough about Linux or Unix systems in general to manage pieces of it.

==> Do we have the combined expertise and the combined "free" time to manage this? Note: If we ever expand to a dedicated server, they will do less than with the VPS.

My answer to that question is: maybe. If we do take on this kind of system, I would insist on a very limited set of people with root access, with any use of "root" discussed beforehand. DNS management and mailing list management are done through a GUI, which requires authentication, but doesn't require raw root access.

Details of interest: [[These are their answers to questions, with a little of my analysis. There is no way to know all the technical details until we use it.]]

The message I asked Tim S. to send me at the Wednesday meeting contained these questions, so I thought I'd try to answer them as I believe they answered me: