Simple Invoices review

Pros: It’s free and has a simple yet good-looking front end. Being web-based, it’s accessible from anywhere, and is cross-platform. The software itself is pretty advanced: it supports various billing formats and even allows several user accounts. This is great for a small organisation’s requirements Cons: The primary drawback is that it requires a LAMP […]

Four Open Source Invoicing Apps Worth Checking Out

Invoicing is one of the necessary evils for freelancers and small business owners. It’s a pain in the neck to bother with but, on the other hand, it’s always nice to get paid. Here are four open source invoicing applications that make the job a little easier. Argentum – This full-featured invoicing app lets you […]

Good business for Alfresco Software

Alfresco, makers of the open source enterprise CMS system of the same name, have announced a 61 per cent rise in revenue, year on year. The company puts this down to a record growth in new subscription customers and expansion of it’s partner network. It also recorded its best quarter in Q4 2009. Worldwide, in […]

Linux and Small Business: The Ongoing Disconnect

The VAR Guy pulled up a chair and participated in the Channel Happy Hour podcast last evening. The discussion — featuring channel veterans Brett Martin, Gerard Kane and Chuck Lennon — included a Linux reality check for VARs. Lennon, president of TeamLogic IT, said he still isn’t seeing or hearing much about Linux in small […]

Former MySQL CEO: More successful open source startups needed

Open source is no longer considered the wild underdog, but it will need more new companies making money off the trend, the one-time CEO of MySQL stressed Wednesday at the EclipseCon 2010 conference. Panelists from the software industry pondered the future of open source during a late-afternoon session at the Santa Clara, California, conference. Panelist […]

The real value of FOSS to business – A personal example

I am going to tell a story just to give an understanding of the real value of FOSS in business. I recently developed an SMS (Short Message Service) daemon for a project at work. The daemon is using the SMPP protocol to send messages. To save time (and money) I used an Open Source SMPP […]

GoAhead Software Moves to Open Source Business Model

GoAhead® Software today announces that it is shifting its business model and technology strategy from its proprietary SAFfire product to an open source software model. Simultaneous with the move to open source, GoAhead is announcing the acquisition of Avantellis from Emerson Network Power. These two significant moves combine to create a new overall strategic direction […]

The New Open Source Business Model Still Relies on Closed Source

Over the last couple of years a number of different open source business strategies have evolved. According to the 451 Group, it’s an evolution that includes the broader adoption and usage of open source overall by both open source and proprietary software vendors. Back in 2008, the 451 Group put out a landmark report on […]

Building an open source business

In 2002 I was working for Oculan, a company that founded an open source network management application platform called OpenNMS. Oculan used this platform as the basis for a network management appliance, but my job was to create a services and support business around the platform itself. In May, just after the release of OpenNMS […]

Top 10 IT Billionaires — A Closer Look

Forbes released its annual list of the world’s billionaires Thursday, and technology companies are well represented, even though Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is no longer the world’s richest person. That honor now belongs to Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu, who edged out Gates for the top spot by $500 million in net worth. Gates, […]

For Sale: Linux OS and Other Assorted Assets

The enterprise Linux space has suddenly got very interesting following the news that a bunch of sharp-suited New Yorkers have made an offer to buy SUSE Linux’s parent company, Novell. Whether or not they succeed, there can be little doubt that it’s cheerio and night-night for Novell, a business that has been doomed since, let’s […]

SugarCRM announces new Open+ Partner Programme

SugarCRM, provider of open source CRM software, today unveiled its Open+ Partner Programme, which it says will offer its channel partners a wider variety of incentives and resources to deliver its solutions to customers. The Open+ Partner Programme includes a market development programme that provides SugarCRM partners with resources for business planning, business development activities, […]

5 Open Source Resources For Boosting Your Productivity

No matter how smart a worker you are, there are plenty of open source tools that can make you more productive. They range from hugely useful Firefox extensions such as iMacros (which lets you record repetitive, multi-step tasks and then execute them with one click) to collaboration applications for efficient co-working. Here, you’ll find five […]

Open Source Business Conference: 5 Trends Worth Watching

When the Open Source Business Conference starts March 17 in San Francisco, The VAR Guy will be watching and listening closely for signs of corporate open source momentum from upstarts like Canonical and giants like Microsoft, Oracle and even SAP. Yes, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP. Here are five trends to anticipate at the OSBC conference. […]

Magnatune sends check to GNOME Foundation thanks to Rhythmbox

A long while ago, I pledged Magnatune to pay 10% of its sales due to Rhythmbox (a fantastic music player for Linux), back to the GNOME Foundation. Today, I wrote the check. Rhythmbox has really excellent integration with Magnatune (for four years now!), which makes for a wonderful marriage between open source and open music. […]

Novell publishes quarterly figures

In the first fiscal quarter of 2010, which ended on the 31st of January, Linux distributor Novell achieved a net revenue of $202 million. The vendor’s net revenue in the first quarter of the previous year was $215 million. The income from operations was reported to be $21 million, compared to $14 million in the […]

Kolab Systems Aims to Bring Kolab Groupware to New Level

Today a new Free Software business was launched with the goal of strengthening the Kolab groupware solution ecosystem. The former Kolab Konsortium now has a new charter and thus a new name: Kolab Systems AG. Offering services, packaging and quality assurance based on a partnership model, Kolab Systems builds its business on the proven Kolab […]

Open-Xchange: Another Big SaaS Partner Win

Open-Xchange, an open source alternative to Microsoft Exchange, continues to gain momentum in Europe and North America. The latest example: Bull, a €1,110 million solutions provider headquartered in Paris, is offering SaaS and on-premises Open-Xchange to its end customers in Germany. Here are the details. First, a little background: Open-Xchange seems to be catching on […]

Making Thunderbird Financially Sustainable: How it Could Work

Mozilla Messaging is looking forward to a big year in 2010 including Thunderbird 3.1 and figuring out how to make the project financially sustainable. Making Thunderbird better is the easier part. Figuring out how to make money as a project is another story entirely. No doubt the next release of Thunderbird, currently code-named Lanikai, will […]

Online Music and Open Source Business Models

In this part of our series on An Open Source Business, let’s take a look at our friends in the online music space and see what we can learn from them. The Deal recently had an article about online music startups which should strike a chord with anybody who’s thinking about or trying to make […]