Take a look at the next desktop PC or laptop you come throughout. Odds are good it will not be operating an open-source OS (operating system). Microsoft's closed-source Windows has by far the highest share of the PC client operating system market, adopted in a distant second by Apple's macOS. Linux and different wholly open-source OS have solely a tiny market share.

It's not laborious to see why. Despite the advances made by distributions similar to Ubuntu, desktop Linux continues to be miles behind Windows and macOS when it comes to the look, the texture and the slickness that most office staff have come to anticipate. The vast majority of corporations merely aren't ready to make workplace staff use an open-source OS — and most workplace employees are not ready to use them, both.

Even if you wish to stick to a closed source OS (or, in the case of macOS, partially closed source), your enterprise can still benefit from an enormous quantity of open-source software programs. The most attractive advantage of doing so: It's usually available to download and run for nothing. While help normally is not available for such free software, it's incessantly offered at an extra cost by the writer or a 3rd party. It could also be included in a low-cost commercially licensed version as well.

Is it possible, then, to run an enterprise fully on software that may be downloaded free of charge? There definitely are many choices that make it possible — and lots of more that are not included on this guide.

Open source workplace productiveness suites

Very few corporations utilizing Microsoft Office really require help from Microsoft, so utilizing an open-source various could make good monetary sense. Open-source suites are appropriate with Microsoft Office file formats similar to .doc and .xls. Though their function units aren't fairly as complete as Office, that is unlikely to matter — most individuals solely use a fraction of the available options obtainable anyway.

Here are 4 open source options to Microsoft Office:

  • Apache OpenOffice, a complete suite for Windows, macOS and Linux;
  • LibreOffice, a fully Open source Office for Windows, macOS and Linux;
  • NeoOffice, a Java-based fork of Open source Office for macOS only
  • Calligra, a fully open-source office that runs on Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and macOS.

Open source finance and accounting purposes

The following financial packages present open-source alternatives to business packages similar to Quicken, Sage or QuickBooks:

  • GnuCash (Windows, macOS and Linux) helps very small companies apply professional accounting rules and monitor financial institution accounts, revenue and expenses to assist guarantee balanced books and correct monetary reports.
  • TurboCASH (Windows), aimed at the small to the medium-sized enterprise market, gives a common ledger and offers core performance similar to posting transactions into accounts and producing monetary stories. The product helps 80 tax regimes, together with the United States and the United Kingdom.
  • xTuple affords each a free and business supported model of Post books (Windows, macOS, Linux, BSD) to medium and bigger corporations. It consists of accounting (common ledger, accounts receivable and payable, financial institution reconciliation and monetary reporting) in addition to sales, CRM, stock and distribution, and different enterprise administration features.

Free ERP software for small business

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is advanced and might be very expensive. But open supply alternate options to SAP or Microsoft Dynamics do exist. Here are three:

  • The popular and completely open-source ERP bundle ADempiere (Windows, macOS, Linux and Unix) provides accounting, manufacturing administration, materials administration, finance, HR, project administration and upkeep administration features.
  • OFBiz is the Apache Foundation's Java-based, multi-platform enterprise bundle. It contains ERP, accounting, CRM, supply chain administration, manufacturing resource administration and enterprise asset administration functionality.
  • Odoo is free ERP software for small business (Windows and Linux) that gives a full suite of functions, including sales administration, accounting and finance, recruitment, purchase administration and manufacturing resource administration. A paid model ($25-$30 per user per 30 days) contains help, automated updates and a vast bug fix guarantee.
  • ERPNext -ERPNext is a generic ERP software used by manufacturers, distributors and services companies. It includes modules like accounting, CRM, sales, purchasing etc.
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