An Open Source Toolkit for Your Small Business

Whether your small business has been around for years or you’re just starting out, it simply makes good sense to use open source software for everything from managing your office network to putting together slide decks for your next client presentation. Open source software is inexpensive (and often free!), secure, and easy to customize to the unique needs of your company. Unlike many commercial applications on the market today, you can even find in-depth, no-cost tech support from within the user community.

When you’re ready to set up your office with the best open source software, it’s hard to know where to start. Here’s a toolkit of our favorite must-have applications, along with what you need to know to get your office up and running in no time.

Office Suite – OpenOffice.org 3: It’s true we talk about OpenOffice.org a lot, but that’s because it’s such a wonderful suite of office applications. From word-processing and spreadsheets to databases and presentations, there’s practically nothing this collection of apps can’t do.

Browser – Firefox: Even if your computer came with its own pre-installed web browser, set it aside in favor Mozilla Firefox. It’s completely customizable out of the box, and a wide array of plugins — little add-ons to make your browser preform specific actions — make it even more useful. Continue reading …

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