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Business Open Source
Source: Refers to a program in which the source code is available
to the general public for use and/or modification from its original
design free of charge. Open source code is typically created as
a collaborative effort in which programmers improve upon the code
and share the changes within the community. (defn. from Webopedia.com).
Not sure it's for you? Read Why
Open Source Software? by David A. Wheeler (Nov. 2005) which
argues that open source can be a reasonable and even superior approach
to proprietary software. The Open Source Initiative (OSI) also provides
an article on the Open
Source Case for Business.
Open Source Software Directories
Free Software Directory
Indexes over 5,000 open source software packages.
- The GNU Project
Offers a complete free UNIX-like operating system. Variants of the GNU
operating system, which use the kernel called Linux, are now widely
used. GNU is a recursive acronym for “GNU's Not UNIX”; it
is pronounced guh-noo, like canoe.
The world's largest development and download repository of the latest
Open Source code and applications under development.
Maintains the Web's largest index of Unix and cross-platform open source
software meticulously catalogued. Lists 2,500 applications with office
and business applications including accounting, spreadsheets, point-of-sale,
groupware, financial, office suites, scheduling, and more.
Top Ten Open Source Software Applications for Business
A multiplatform and multilingual office suite compatible with all
major office suites. Full featured tools for word processing and
spreadsheets. Compatible with Word and OpenDocument Format.
An award winning, small, fast, featureful and crossplatform word
processor leaner and quicker than OpenOffice. Compatible with Word
documents and OpenDocument Format.
The premier free, open-source browser. Tabs, pop-up blocking, themes,
and more. Considered by many to be the world's best browser.
Enjoy safe, fast, and easy email, with intelligent spam filters, quick
message search, and customizable views. Anit-phishing protection.
A photo editing application that rivals Photoshop in features.
FileZilla is a fast FTP and SFTP client for Windows with a lot of
Includes most functions a business will ever need: debtors, creditors,
general ledger, full stock control, VAT accounting, invoicing, bank
reconciliation, trial balance, balance sheet and income statements,
full reporting and analysis, as well as multi-company and multi-user
GnuCash is personal and small-business financial-accounting software
that allows you to track bank accounts, stocks, income, and expenses.
As quick and intuitive to use as a checkbook register, it is based
on professional accounting principles to ensure balanced books and
accurate reports. Features Double-Entry Accounting, Customers, Vendors,
Invoices, A/P, A/R, and more.
Tiny ERP is a complete ERP and CRM solution. The main features are
accounting (analytic and financial), production management (MRP),
stock management, sales and purchases management, task automation,
marketing campaigns, help desk, POS, and more. Technical features
include a distributed server, flexible workflows, an object database,
a dynamic GUI, an XML-RPC interface, and customizable reports.
An Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management
(CRM) solution for small to medium enterprises. ERP
stands for Enterprise Resource Planning and it is the smart solution
to all your business management needs. ERP applications typically
consist of modules such as Marketing and Sales, Field Service, Production,
Inventory Control, Procurement, Distribution, Human Resources, Finance
and Accounting. CRM stands for Customer Relationship
Management. CRM software supports your business process to find, get,
and retain customers. CRM applications typically consist of modules
such as Sales Force Automation, Call Management, and Self Service.