Thursday, April 27, 2017

Best Eight Free Open-Source Software for Small Businesses



If you are running a small business, then you need to save money. Often business owner and managers buy very expensive software for their office but they are not aware of free software that is available in the market and that is available for unlimited time. 

Free software can take place of any expensive software which is mostly used for a business like operating system, human resources system, email servers, word processing, antivirus program and graphic design tool.


1 Ubuntu (Operating System) – www.ubuntu.com

Ubuntu is very secure an open source operating system. It is very light weight and load faster than windows. Ubuntu is Linux based operating system for personal computer use. Ubuntu is published by Canonical Ltd, who provide commercial support. Ubuntu is available in more than 55 languages. Every six month Ubuntu is releases updated version.

2 GNUCash (Accounting Software) - www.gnucash.org

GnuCash first stable release was in 1998. GnuCash is personal and small-business accounting software program that implements a double-entry bookkeeping system. GnuCash is run on Linux, OpenBSD, GNU, Solaris, FreeBSD, MacOS and Unix platforms. It is available on Microsoft window from 2.2.0 series version.
It is very good software based on professional accounting principle and ensures balanced books and accurate reports.


Features of GNUCash

  • Budget
  • Stock/Mutual Fund Portfolios
  • Check printing
  • Scheduled Transactions
  • Built-in and custom reports and charts
  • Transaction-Import Matching Support
  • SQL Support
  • Multi-Currency Transaction Handling
  • Online Stock and Mutual Fund Quotes
  • Bank and Credit Card reconciliation

3 OpenOffice (Document Software) – www.openoffice.org

This software is free to download and use. This software provides word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and much more. OpenOffice contains many languages. It is work on all common operating system. OpenOffice is an alternative to Microsoft office.

4 OpenProj (Project Management Software) – www.sourceforge.net/projects/openproj/

OpenProj has a familiar user interface and even opens existing MS Project files. OpenProj is an open source desktop project management software same as to Microsoft Project. OpenProj can do everything that can do Microsoft Project. OpenProj is an interoperable with Project, it has Gantt Charts and PERT charts. It works on Mac, Unix, Linux and Windows.

5 Zimbra (email servers) – www.zimbra.com

Zimbra include email server and web client. Its stable release on April 13, 2017. Zimbra run on any Windows, Apply, Linux desktop computer. Zimbra work online and offline with POP or IMAP email account. It is also work on Yahoo! Mail. You can also synchronize with smartphones like iPhone or Blackberry. You can also synchronize desktop application like Outlook and Thunderbird. There are two type of version is available for Zimbra one is open source and second is commercial.

6 OrangeHRM (Human Resource Management Software)– www.orangehrm.com

OrangeHRM is an open source human resource management application. It contents very good feature and easy user interface. OrangeHRM is new generation open HR Information System. The best benefit of OrangeHRM is increase transparency with user.

7 Clamwin (Antivirus Software ) – www.clamwin.com

ClamWin is an open source Antivirus software for window operating system. It has a very good graphical user interface.

Feature of Clamwin

  • Automatic virus database updates.
  • Scanning scheduler.
  • Standalone virus scanner.

8 GIMP (Photo Editing Software) - www.gimp.org

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is an open-source graphics editor software. GIMP is available on MacOS, Linux, and Windows. GIMP has similar functionality like Adobe Photoshop so it is an alternative to Adobe Photoshop.

Feature of GIMP

  • Best Color
  • Image editing
  • Selections and paths
  • Automation, scripts, and plug-ins
  • Layers, layer masks, and channels
  • File formats

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