8 Personal Financial software for Linux

Usually I’m not so precise and methodical and so I’ve never used a program of this type to keep track of my expenses, but the other day I wondered if Linux had some software in this category, and I was amazed by the variety and quality of software available for our beloved Penguin. So here’s […]

75 Open Source Replacements for Popular Small Business Software

For many small businesses, open source software represents an unexplored gold mine. When you run a small business, budgets are always tight. While you need many of the same kinds of software that larger businesses need, you don’t have hundreds or thousands of dollars to spend on that software like bigger companies do. The open […]

Adventures in Self-Publishing, Chap. 13: The Future of Writing and Publishing

About two weeks ago I interrupted my current cybersecurity thriller series to post an essay I titled Intermission: The High Cost of Free. It could as easily have been posted as part of this series, but I wanted to make a point to the readers of that series. If you’re planning on self-publishing a book […]

Adventures in Self-Publishing, Chap. 9: How to Price your Book – and Does it Matter?

This week we’ll talk about how to come up with the “right” price for your book in each of the formats in which you plan to make it available (eBook, soft, and/or hardcover). By “right” price, I mean a price that will make more, rather than fewer, people actually buy your book. My challenge will […]

Adventures in Self-Publishing, Chap. 8: Designing the Interior of your Book

Last week we talked about how to design covers for books – eBooks, soft cover books and hard cover books. If you’ve written a book, or are thinking of writing one, odds are good that you’ve already spent some time thinking (or worrying) about what the covers of your book should look like. But how […]

How Small Business PrintedArt Uses Linux and Open Source

Sure, Linux is great for big organizations like Google, Facebook, and others, but what about small business? Take a look at PrintedArt. Founded in 2010, PrintedArt is an online shop that sells limited-editions of fine art photography. It now has three full-time and three part-time employees and eight sales representatives. According to President and CEO […]

Adventures in Self-Publishing, Chapter 7: Designing the Cover of your Book

If your publishing progress has been keeping step with this series, you’ve now not only got the text of book all ready to go, but you’ve decided on how you’re going to bring it to market (POD, Google eBooks, or whatever) as well. So your next set of tasks revolves around this question: what would […]

10 Open Source Shopping Carts to Run Your Ecommerce Business

More and more companies have turned to the Web to transact business. And, of course, if you are going to sell on the Web, the right shopping cart can mean the difference between red and black ink. When shopping for your own ecommerce shopping cart software the most important aspect to consider is how well […]

How Does One Monetize Open Source Software?

Monetizing open source software can be a tricky challenge for many companies. After all, when you’re giving away your primary product for free, how could you possibly make money off it? Nicolas Erdody, Paul Gampe, Mark Bathie, and Bob Waldie formed a panel in the Business of Open Source MiniConf at Linux.conf.au 2012 and talked […]

Adventures in Self-Publishing, Chapter 6: Profiling, Researching, Interviewing and Selecting a POD

This series highlights aspects of my experience self-publishing The Alexandria Project. If you’d like to read the book this series is based on, you can read the first three chapters for free here (just click on the cover of the book). And you can read a new chapter of its sequel every Monday here. Pubic […]

Winners and Losers in Business Open-Source Software

We all know that Linux, Apache and Samba are vital for business data center servers, Web servers and file and print servers respectively in businesses both large and small. What you may not know though what’s trending below the top-tier of open-source software. That’s where OpenLogic, an enterprise open-source software provider and consultants comes in. […]

Adventures in Self-Publishing, Chap. 5 Understanding POD Business Models (Part II)

Last week we looked at how Amazon, Apple and Google make money by working with self-published authors, what they do for them in return, and what that means for you. As promised, this week we’ll take the same kind of look at the myriad POD outfits that provide a wider range of services. As you’ll […]

Adventures in Self-Publishing, Chapter 4: Understanding POD Business Models

Last week I identified the different types of Print on Demand (POD) publishers that are active in the market today and provided tips on how to decide which type would best meet your needs. Before we go on to talk about how to select a specific publisher, it’s worth pausing to look more deeply into […]

Adventures in Self-Publishing: Selecting a Print on Demand Publisher (Part I)

Like just about every other step in self-publishing a book, researching and selecting a print on demand (POD) publisher can be a time-consuming and even bewildering experience. The problem arises not from a lack of choices, but just the opposite. Today, there are scores of publishers to choose from, with significant differences among them in […]

How to Plan for Business Success in 2012

Did you plan for success last year? Did you write down your plan? If you answered yes to both, that is awesome. Get out your plan, review it to see where you were successful and where you were not as successful, and figure out what you could have done better. Get started with 2012 planning […]

Adventures in Self-Publishing: eBook or Dead Tree?

This series highlights aspects of my experience self-publishing The Alexandria Project, available soon as an eBook and in soft and hardcover. You can read the first draft of that book here, and read a new chapter of its sequel every Monday here. If you are of a certain age (and I, most regrettably, am definitely of […]

Doing geospatial business with FLOSS: An Interview with CartoDB

This week we have for you an interview with Simon Tokumine and Javier de la Torre from CartoDB, an open source geospatial cloud database with a business model. Enjoy the interview! F4S: Please, give us a brief introduction about CartoDB. CartoDB: CartoDB is a geospatial database on the cloud. We enable developers and data explorers […]

Open source jobs: What’s hot, where to look, what to learn

What does the future hold for eager, talented software developers, and people with related essential skill sets? The overriding trend, as in all industries, is you’re on your own, chum. But free/open source software (FOSS) offers considerably more richness of opportunity than anything else. Let’s peer into the crystal ball and see what the future […]

LedgerSMB 1.3.0 released

The LedgerSMB development team is very proud to release LedgerSMB 1.3.0. This release continues our strong commitment to security, data integrity, and and robustness, introducing improved functionality in many core areas, and adding new features that many businesses will find necessary. This is the most significant release to date in many ways. It is the […]

SugarCRM: The open source customer relationship management software

SugarCRM is the world’s largest open source CRM (customer relationship management) software. Founded in 2004, over 7,000 customers and more than half a million users rely on SugarCRM to execute marketing programs, grow sales, retain customers, and create custom business applications. These custom business applications can be used in a multitude of ways, such as […]