Jul082013

Are you thinking about switching your operating system to another one? If so, then you might be wondering which operating system is the best for you. Perhaps you are currently unhappy with the OS you are using now for a variety of reasons, or are even just looking to try something new. Regardless of your specific situation, being able to find the right OS for you is important, especially because of the tedious process that is involved with switching to a new system on your computer. Continue Reading »

May222013

When you are someone who is looking to start a business, all of those computer programs are going to start having you see dollars flying out of your wallet. There is no denying that office suites are expensive, but can you really afford to run your business off of open source software? The Linux operating system offers you a low-profile, memory efficient way to keep things rolling, but can you trust it and the programs that come with it?

For example, when you need an office Continue Reading »

Apr032013

Open source software, like the Linux operating system, have been developed and supported by communities of users in order to provide a less expensive alternative to proprietary options as well as a superior user experience. The growing popularity and user base of many of the most popular open source projects speaks volumes for the success of its development. Finding a user-friendly alternative to the more limited and expensive programs and operating systems that you have to choose from can be an important issue, Continue Reading »

Sep212012

Before the days of smartphones, clear wireless internet 4G and Windows 7, there was Linux. First released in 1991, Linux was initially developed as a cost-free operating system for Intel x86 computers. Today, it is used mostly as a server operating system for large organizations. It has also earned the support of several large corporations including HP, IBM and Sun Microsystems.

Linus Torvalds, a Finnish-American software engineer and hacker, was the driving force behind the development and growth of the Linux kernel. Torvalds, an outspoken proponent of open source software, released Linux for free on the Internet. It has become one of the most distinguished examples of free and open source software, which gives users the right to use, copy and change the Linux source code. This has allowed thousands of independent programmers to test, alter, customize and improve the software. According to Linfo.org, as of 2006, Torvalds has only written approximately two percent of the Linux kernel.

Since Linux is free and Windows is not, the growth of Linux in the late ’90s naturally caused Microsoft to feel threatened. In fact, Microsoft’s Halloween documents – released in 1998 – aimed to identify the potential threats posed by free and open source software and offer strategies to neutralize them. However, Microsoft has since chosen to accept Linux instead of oppose them. By 2011, Microsoft became the 17th largest contributor the Linux code.

Jul162012

Open source operating systems are becoming more and more popular in these tough economic times, particularly for business, who have to run a large number of licenses if they want to use Windows or OS X. However, many people ask how exactly it will save them money, and here are three simple ways it does so.

We can start with the blatantly obvious way first, and that is that with open source operating systems, there Continue Reading »

Jul122012

Almost everyone is looking for a great way to save money when shopping for software solutions. The fact of the matter is that fully-functional productivity programs can be extremely expensive. Businesses have to pay all sorts of bills to stay in business. Overhead costs, payroll expenses and even rent charges mean that business owners have to find a way to save money when purchasing software. The good news is that there are options available to everyone Continue Reading »

Jul092012

When Windows becomes too much of a hassle or simply looking for a different experience, Linux is a great choice. Linux is a free, open source alternative to Microsoft’s Windows operating system. There are alternatives for almost all Windows programs, and other programs that do things that just are not possible on Windows.
Ubuntu is one of the most popular choices when it comes to Linux operating systems. It is based on the stable version of Debian, and Continue Reading »

Jul072012

The best way to break away for per license agreements is to move to volume licensing. The purpose of a license is to install software on a computer. If multiple computers need the same software, the use of a volume license may be preferable to a per license agreement. A standard software typically will include a per subscriber license. If you have multiple users, a volume license may offer you more of the cost savings that are Continue Reading »

Jul052012

Quite frequently business owners and managers purchase expensive software for office needs. Yet, most office needs can be met with free open source software. And, for any business owner or manager using open source technology is a great way to save money. Here are three free open source business applications for accounting, human resources and office suite.

GNUCash
GNUCash is popular and excellent for personal and small-business financial accounting. The software is freely licensed and Continue Reading »