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58 Open Source Replacements for Small Business Software

Aug 26, 2010, 15:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cynthia Harvey)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"Many small business owners have never heard of open source software. That's unfortunate because in many ways small businesses are ideal environments for open source applications. In a small business, every dollar matters. Open source offers opportunities for companies to cut their software costs. Even if you need paid support, you'll probably pay less for an open source solution than for a comparable closed source solution.

"In addition, many small businesses don't need all the fancy features that drive up the prices on commercial software. In some cases, those extra features just get in the way and make the applications more difficult to use. While many open source tools are quite complex, others are much simpler, allowing companies to pick the level of functionality that works for them.

"In addition, many small business owners are trying to do something completely new or do something in a different way than it's ever been done before. They need software that can be customized or personalized to meet the unique needs of their businesses. Open source software gives them the freedom to modify the code so that it suits their needs."

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