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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Starts Ripping Off Small Businesses (82% Price Hike)

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Microsoft sets higher prices for SBS, Essential server packages

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| The basic price represents an 82% increase over the non-Software Assurance 
| basic package for SBS 2003 R2, which currently sells for $599 with five CALs. 


Yes, that's what *small* businesses need at times of depression/recession.


Running a business on desktop Linux

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| This paper surveys Linux's suitability for use by owners of very small
| businesses and the self-employed. It was written by Howard Fosdick, a
| self-employed database consultant who finds Linux fairly well-suited to his
| needs, and reckons it has saved him thousands of dollars in recent years.


Sun launches SMB initiative for complete open source solutions 

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| Sun Microsystems Inc. says it has rolled out a small to mid-sized business 
| (SMB) initiative designed to make it easy and affordable for SMBs to buy 
| Sun's open source solutions and to alter the perception Sun is strictly 
| a "large enterprise vendor".   


Vyatta unveils open source appliance for SMBs

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| With Linux-based open source routing software on x86 commodity processing 
| hardware, Vyatta claims it can offer functionally equivalent routing at a 
| fraction of the cost of leading manufacturers. The company recently disclosed 
| results of a study that it claims showed a 10-fold increase in 
| price/performance over a Cisco 7200 router.     


Free and Open Source Software Guide for SMEs

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| Two EU-funded projects in the area of Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS),
| namely OpenTTT and FLOSSMETRICS, have recently published a F/OSS guide for
| SMEs. Different types of software applications and businesses are addressed,
| making this guide useful for most SMEs that wish to simply use F/OSS or even
| build a F/OSS-based business approach.


Linux well suited to SMB market

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| "Small businesses are looking to save money on technology," says Kamini 
| Rupani, a product director with Avocent. "In a time of tightened licensing, 
| escalating software costs, relative to total costs, and low initial costs of 
| Linux and its cadre of tools, SMBs are looking at the strategy of considering 
| open-source software.    
| Linux is well suited for a smaller organization because it scales 
| incrementally without large initial cash outlays. SMBs can tailor their 
| enterprises to better fit their needs with Linux."  


Linux for the SMB market: slow? steady? or both?

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| Everywhere you turn nowadays, another company is targeting the Small and 
| Medium Business (SMB) marketplace. SMBs are growing, and represent a segment 
| of the IT market that has not been fully exploited by many, including open 
| source software vendors that boasted early successes with large enterprises.   
| [...]
| Nearly three years ago, AMI Partners researched the Linux penetration into 
| the SMB marketplace. According to their research, Linux had penetrated about 
| a fourth of all companies with 100 to 249 employees.  



Follow the money in SMB open source market

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| Where Microsoft has developed an enormous business in training re-sellers, 
| and finding them prospects, open source vendors have barely begun this 
| process.  
| You might call it Ballmer’s Revenge, because it’s Steve Ballmer who deserves 
| the credit for building this organization. 


Few UK businesses are using ERP systems, official figures show

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| Research carried out for the first time ever by the Office for National 
| Statistics found that only 6.5% of 8,000 businesses surveyed were using ERP 
| systems in 2006 – a figure that rose to 37.2% for the largest companies with 
| more than 1,000 employees.   
| Weighted figures, adjusted to take account of the proportions of businesses 
| of different sizes across the UK, show that less than a third of all UK 
| companies – 30.2% - are estimated to be using ERP systems.   


Can a small business afford not to run Linux?

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| Small businesses are considered by many as the backbone of a healthy economy. 
| Collectively, they are by far the biggest employer of labour but individually 
| they are most vulnerable to changes in the economic climate. Keeping their 
| computer systems running as smoothly and as cost effectively as possible is 
| mandatory and therefore, for a small business, so is Linux.    


QuickBooks For Linux

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| Yes! Linux PLEASE! We have completed an evaluation of the latest Ubuntu 
| distribution of Linux, version 6.10 ("Edgy"), and we believe it is not only a 
| better business desktop than Windows XP, but once a few (free) items such as 
| Beryl are added in it is superior to Microsoft Vista. Ubuntu would be our 
| business desktop of choice, but the main item holding us back is Quickbooks. 
| I am sure this is true for many generic business desktops.     


Intuit QuickBooks Enterprise Enters Linux Fold

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| The move acknowledges that Linux has found a home in some business 
| accounts, at least in the back office. Until now QuickBooks 
| Enterprise shops had to run their accounting database on a 
| Windows server even if they ran other applications on Linux. 
| That now changes.


Going Open for SMB?

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| If you're looking for a way to get documents prepared, run what-if scenarios, 
| and create sales presentations to show in a customer's office, then 
| OpenOffice.org 2.3 is a very realistic option.  


Free Software for the SMB

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| With more than 25.8 million small businesses currently in the U.S. and 
| 671,000 new companies getting started every year, purveyors of free business 
| software have lots of potential customers to attract. Open source vendors 
| provide a wide collection of free software.   


CorraTech Integrates Open Source Business Apps

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| Open source software service firm CorraTech launched Opensuite. The release 
| is an open source-based integration of rich e-mail, document management and 
| CRM. "Integrating rich e-mail and CRM has a lot of potential," said Bernard 
| Golden, CEO of Navica and author of Succeeding with Open Source.   


Novell Unveils Workgroup Suite for Small Businesses

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| "Small businesses are increasingly interested in Linux," said Ray 
| Boggs, vice president of Small/Medium Business Research at IDC. 


The hidden roadblock - What is stopping SMB adoption of GNU/Linux?

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| What's left is to encourage this ecosystem to flourish and to educate
| SMB's and ISV's on the benefits of GNU/Linux based networks for
| their business. Surely, both will be hesitant to change applications
| and development platforms, so there is no easy road ahead. Platform
| transition is not a trivial pursuit, but as more applications are
| available on GNU/Linux, it is visible on the horizon.


Virtualization fits in small business

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| The advent of high-performance workstations and servers based on
| Windows, Linux and similar technologies brought the benefits of
| virtualization to small- and mid-size businesses that might have
| only a limited IT staff and an even more limited budget.


Small businesses are ripe for free software

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| Of course, the initial appeal for a business is the same advantage
| that I first noticed about many free software applications: the zero
| acquisition cost. The ability to acquire these programs for free
| allows you to spend your limited capital funds in areas that
| generate profits for your company. In my initial scenario, we
| purchased one more PC than originally planned with the savings.
| [...]
| Whether you are a new business, at the point where your start-up
| expenses are exceeding your revenues (if any revenues yet), or a
| current business owner wanting to be frugal with your expenses
| and investments, you can find a free software application for
| your company.


Are SMBs Missing the Open Source Boat?

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| "One of the frustrations shared by many SMBs is the lack of 
| affordable customization capabilities for business software,"
| said Red Hat Exchange Product Director Matt Mattox, "[but] this
| is where open source solutions can make the most headway. ... The
| longer-term opportunity is to engage the open source community to
| develop customized solutions for a wide variety of SMB niches.


Verio Targets SMBs With Linux-Based Managed Server Release

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| Verio's Linux MPS is built on Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES version 4 and
| comes bundled with dedicated, enterprise-level hardware, a highly
| secure managed hosting Get FREE CDN for 3 Months. 

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