"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."