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Business Open Source

Open 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

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
  • FSF/UNESCO 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.

FirefoxMozilla Firefox
The premier free, open-source browser. Tabs, pop-up blocking, themes, and more. Considered by many to be the world's best browser.
ThunderbirdMozilla Thunderbird
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.
FTP FileZillaFileZilla
FileZilla is a fast FTP and SFTP client for Windows with a lot of features.
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 capabilities.

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, Jobs,
Invoices, A/P, A/R, and more.

Tiny ERP TinyERP
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.
ERP and CRMCompiere ERP/CRM
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.
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