Windows Operating System combined with Microsoft Office is a great productivity platform. However, can (should) an SMB do without Windows and run their entire business with non-Microsoft applications?
Adams-Blake Co tried it and writes about their experiences.
Alan Canton, president of Adams-Blake Company writes All of our other business functions are covered with Linux. On the desktop, we use Moneydance for accounting. We use Microsoft Word under the CodeWeavers CrossOver Office, and OpenOffice.org for spreadsheets and presentations. We use the GIMP for graphics and Quanta and Bluefish for editing Web pages. We prepare our payroll with PayCycle. On the server side we keep media lists on MySQL using the phpMyAdmin front end. We wish we had an Access-like front end to MySQL so we could quickly write more complex apps. Finally, we use our own Jaya123 Web service to run order entry, reporting, and invoicing.
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