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Open Source Solutions - Ubuntu & more

Many of our clients are small businesses and in the past software licensing has consumed a considerable portion of their budget -- funds which could be better utilized to market the business, expand the business, hire additional employees, and implement more productive technologies. How much money does your business spend on software licensing, and how could you grow your business with those funds?  Open Source software is the future whether Microsoft agrees or not. Many companies, including local and federal governments chose to save money during the economic downturn by seeking out open source solutions.

According to Opensource.org, "open source software is software that can be freely used, changed, and shared (in modified or unmodified form) by anyone. Open source software is made by many people, and distributed under licenses that comply with the Open Source Definition."

Open source software is available for many operating systems -- not just Linux; however, software options for Windows are limited as many developers within the open source community do not believe in making applications for a purchased operating system that charges for every piece of add on software. As stated here on our page dedicated to Windows XP end-of-life users, open source software is not just limited to operating systems. Open source software is available for just about anything you need to use your computer to do, i.e., word processing, presentations, calendering, spreadsheets, internet browsing, financial management, bittorrenting, media sharing, file sharing, anti-virus, firewalls, and the list goes on and on.  Contrary to what many people have been told, Linux also supports more hardware and resulting drivers than Windows.

Linux is the operating system of choice for open source adapters and comes in many "flavors."  Some are designed as desktops (personal computers) with full GUI similar to Windows, and some are designed to be ran as servers with no GUI at all. Ubuntu is the most popular, most heavily developed, and user friendly version of Linux. However, if you absolutely cannot do without the Windows start menu, you can also install a Windows 7 or XP theme to Ubuntu, as lifehacker.com suggests (since Linux's GUI is highly customizable) or consider another flavor entirely like Zorin OS 8. 

Regardless, when considering a new desktop platform, it is important to choose one  suitable to YOUR needs.  That's where we can help.  We listen to your needs, recommend, and customize the solution to fit your needs.