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[News] SMBs in the UK Look at Free Software Options, Shows Survey

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Microsoft Losing its Grip on UK Small Businesses?

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| Put another way, according to this survey few small business in the UK intend 
| upgrading to Windows 7 soon; the majority want to move to solutions 
| independent of the operating system, to those based on the browser; and fully 
| a third of the companies are using Firefox, not Internet Explorer, for that 
| purpose.    
| That adds up to a bunch of headaches for Microsoft if those results are 
| mirrored across the whole of the UK, because it suggests some fairly seismic 
| shifts are underway in the small business sector, and that the company is 
| failing on multiple fronts.    



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. Â
| You might call it Ballmerâs Revenge, because itâs Steve Ballmer who deserves 
| the credit for building this organization. 



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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