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50 Open Source Apps for Small Biz/Home Office

Sep 28, 2009, 18:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cynthia Harvey)

"Why should all the legions of small and home offices consider open source software? Cost savings. A simple switch from Microsoft Office to OpenOffice.org, for example, can save a small business around $400 (or more) per PC. When you're in the start-up phase and counting every penny, that savings can make a huge difference.

"Of course, many small business owners are hesitant to try open source software. After all, if you have 10 or fewer employees, you probably don't have an IT guy to come and help you if something goes wrong. And many other small business owners have never heard of open source software or don't know about the high-quality applications that are available.

"With these business owners in mind, we've put together a list of 50 superb open source apps for SOHO users. We tried to narrow the list to well-tested, easy-to-use applications that average small business owners with minimal technical expertise would be able to install and use on their own."

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