Small Office, Home Office
Free and Open Source Software for Small Office, Home Office (SOHO)
When starting a small office, home office, or small business, you run into a myriad a problems. The greatest of which is the cost of starting up. Free/Open Source Software gets your business up and running with minimal costs. As your company grows, you will also not be burdened by restrictive and costly user licenses.
Ubuntu and Fedora Linux Operating SystemsUbuntu Linux provides an easy to use and manage platform for your desktop and server. It comes with a wide range of easy to install free and open source software including productivity, finance and file and print services.
Office ProductivityOpenOffice.org is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute.
OpenOffice.org is also compatible on a variety of platforms including older versions of Windows such as Windows ME and 2000.
It also supports the ISO OpenDocument format, which means that your business will be using an internationally recognised and interoperable document format that is supported by government and industry.
Personal Information ManagerEvolution provides integrated mail, addressbook and calendaring functionality to users of the GNOME desktop.
Free from worms and viruses, Evolution also provides intelligent junk email controls, web calendars, multiple account management and desktop intergration with instant messanging and easy access to your tasks and schedule right on your desktop.
In addition to spreadsheets, there are several finance and human
resource applications that can help you run your business. SQL Ledger and GNUCash help you manage your accounts. SugarCRM for customer relationship management.
Office ServerOut of the box, Linux operating systems come with easy to use and manage file and print sharing, safe internet connection sharing and firewalls. Better yet, they do not come with expensive user licenses and are not limited in any way. Be assured that your IT costs will not spiral out of control with unmanageble and costly user licenses. Take advantage of enterprise features and free upgrades that would otherwise not be affordble as your business grows.
Printing and Faxing
Most Hewlett Packard Printers and All-In-Ones are supported by Linux thanks to their open source drivers.