Must-Have Open-Source Software for Your Business

Using open-source software for your business is often a win-win situation, in terms of reducing costs and avoiding vendor lock-in, while still using top-notch products. More information on open-source software and the particular open-source products we use and recommend are shown below:

What is open source software

Since the Wikipedia article on open-source software already provides an excellent definition, I will avoid re-inventing the wheel and simply quote that definition here.

Open-source software (OSS) is computer software with its source code made available with a license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change, and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose.[1] Open-source software may be developed in a collaborative public manner. Open-source software is the most prominent example of open-source development and often compared to (technically defined) user-generated content or (legally defined) open-content movements.[2]

The open-source model, or collaborative competition development from multiple independent sources, generates an increasingly diverse scope of design perspective than one company development alone can sustain long term. And a report by the Standish Group (from 2008) states that adoption of open-source software models has resulted in savings of about $60 billion per year to consumers.[3][4]

Simply put, open-source software can be just as good (if not better) than traditional closed-source software, and many open-source software products are provided free of charge.  Because the source code is not kept secret, it is often more trustworthy and dependable.  There are many scenarios where the best business decision is to employ open-source software.

Some of the open source software that we use and recommend

LibreOffice – A free open-source replacement for Microsoft Office.

Thunderbird – A free open-source email client that installs on your desktop computer.

SugarCRM – A free open-source -at least for the community edition – Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system.

Ubuntu – A free open-source operating system.

WordPress – A free open-source blogging and content management system platform.

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