Six ways to use Linux Live CDs in your business

Running a Live Linux CD or USB is a convenient way to perform a number of tasks when an installed OS is not necessary. Do you think an operating system should always be installed on the hard disk of a computer? It was true for me up until a certain point. Things changed when Knoppix […]

File Servers – The Business Case for High Availability

Introduction You have probably heard of high availability transaction processing servers. You have most likely read about the sophisticated systems used by the airlines to sell tickets online. They have to be non-stop because downtime translates to lost orders and revenue. In this article I will discuss the economics of using non-stop technologies for everyday […]

67 Open Source Replacements for Really Expensive Applications

Why spend thousands or even hundreds or thousands of dollars on a closed source application when you can get a comparable open source app for free? Even if you need commercial support, many open source programs now offer paid support that costs much less than the alternatives. For this list, we looked for quality, open […]

10 Linux Server Distros That Could Save You a Bundle

Businesses require reliability, stability and compatibility. It’s no wonder business owners prefer to stick with the status quo: It’s what works for them. Those entrepreneurs who take the time to research the possibilities outside that status quo find a treasure trove of free and low-cost alternatives. When it comes to software, Linux is at the […]

Quest Software Invests in Open Source, Business Intelligence

Quest Software, owner of PacketTrap MSP, has quietly invested in Jaspersoft, which develops open source business intelligence software. The big question: Will Quest eventually connect the dots between PacketTrap, managed services and BI software capabilities? To be clear: Jaspersoft has multiple investors — including Red Hat, SAP and numerous venture capitalists. Also, Jaspersoft has received […]

Open Source Earns New Opportunity With Channel Partners

Open source software has had a hit-and-miss relationship with channel partners. Major initiatives from Tech Data and Synnex, for instance, have done little to ignite reseller enthusiasm for open source email, ERP, CRM and other applications. So, how will open source march forward with resellers? The VAR Guy has some new insights to share. First, […]

63 Open Source Replacements for Popular Financial Software

Whether you’re looking for financial software to manage your personal finances, your small business or for a large enterprise, the open source community offers a lot of options. The business-focused products are particularly robust, with a huge list of solutions, many of which offer commercial support and/or hosting. We last updated our list of open […]

4 money-saving, open source business intelligence suites

Business intelligence (BI) is one of those buzzphrases that sound super-cool, but are often misunderstood. What is business intelligence and should you care? Do you need to drop a giant bucket of money on BI? Smart, bold decisions There is little that is magical about making wise decisions for your business. The fabled steely-eyed rock-ribbed […]

For Enterprise Open Source Adoption, Support Problems Still Loom

The annual Open Source Business Conference (OSBC), sponsored by Computerworld, took place in San Francisco this week, and, as usual at the conference, Northbridge Venture Partners released its Future of Open Source survey results. The survey was done in conjunction with the 451 Group, and we’ve taken a preliminary look at the survey’s top-line results, […]

For FOSS Firms, Data Means Dollars

“Data” — it’s the new buzzword in the open source world, according to Tuesday’s keynote speakers at the Open Source Business Conference, being held in San Francisco. “The kind of data we’re collecting today is way harder to store and process than it used to be,” said Mike Olson, president and CEO of Cloudera. This […]

Open Source: OpenERP Launches SaaS Version for Partners

OpenERP, as you may guess from the name, sells a suite of business applications built on open source code, ensuring low-cost apps for the customer and flexible deployment for the administrator. But OpenERP has always been limited by its status as an on-premises product. Not anymore. OpenERP v6, available now, is a hosted SaaS version […]

OpenERP Aims to Bring ERP to the SMB Masses

OpenERP has rolled out version 6.0 of its open source ERP product. It is the first upgrade of OpenERP in close to two years, with significant enhancements to its business applications. Going forward, the company has committed to more frequent releases of its major versions and point releases. “Our contributors want to see the work […]

Replacing Microsoft Exchange Server with an open source alternative

Email and collaboration servers are vital to any organisation, whether small or medium in size. ‘Collaboration services’ is an umbrella term used to refer to services which help people inside an organisation to communication. These services include email, calendars, chat etc. Traditionally organisations used to pay hefty licence fees for Microsoft Exchange Server to enable […]

Top 20 Open Source Applications to Cut Business Costs

In this economy, employees who can save their employers money are highly regarded and will potentially be in line for advancement. Using open source technology is one great way to help your company cut down on costs across the board. In this article, I’ll share twenty great open source applications that can help save your […]

Black Duck Software Buys Olliance Consulting Group

In its continued march across the open source industry landscape, Black Duck Software, a Boston-based company which services managed and secure implementations of open source software, announced today the purchase of Olliance Group, an open source enterprise consulting firm. After acquiring open source search engine Koders in 2008, Black Duck got quiet for a while […]

FOSS, Business, and Psychopathy

Sometimes, the naivety in the free and open source software (FOSS) community seems willful. How else to explain the outrage in some circles when another company is caught fulfilling its natural function of maximizing its profits at the expense of FOSS ideals? Too often, FOSS supporters fail to understand corporations — and, consequently, they are […]

Who uses Linux and Open Source in Business?

Thanks to Glyn Moody, a UK-based technology journalist, I’ve just learned that Netflix is not only using, but also contributing, to numerous open-source projects. They’re in good company. As Kevin McEntee, Netflix’s VP of Systems & ECommerce Engineering explained on a recent blog posting, Why we use and contribute to open source software, “Our budget, […]

5 awesome free tools for small businesses

These are frugal times for business, and an organization starting out might have very little money to spend on IT. Even if you’re part of an established business, you’re probably feeling the pinch. Here are five extremely useful computing resources that are free of charge for small business users — unlike some “free” services you […]

Drupal Founder on Why Open Source is Good for Business

Fresh off of an $8.5 million round of funding that was announced earlier today, Acquia co-founder Dries Buytaert is feeling pretty good about the open source business model. The company that he co-founded in 2007 sells software and products that leverage Drupal, the open source project he started in 2000. Drupal (Drupal) has grown from […]

Marketing an open source business

When it comes to running an open source business, the question I’m asked second most often is “How do you market your services?” (The first is “How do you make money selling free software?”) I wish I had a concise, step-by-step answer, but I don’t. The best I can do is to relate some of […]