Small and Medium enterprise which do not want to spent too much on buy costly software go for the open source tools.In this post I have provided a list of most widely used open source tools which could be very beneficial for an individual entrepreneur or an start-up organization.
It is most widely used open source operating system and provides community and professional support. It is available for mobile platform as well as for desktops. Its new version available at the end of each six month.Ubuntu is very easy to integrate, and provides you tools to create documents, spread sheets and presentations and share them with Windows users stress-free.
Meaning of Ubuntu:Ubuntu is derived from an ancient African word meaning 'humanity to others'. It also means 'I am what I am because of who we all are'.
Blender is an open source cross platform tool for 3D designing. It is available for all widely used Operating Systems under GNU General Public License. Blender is an integrated application that enables the creation of a broad range of 2D and 3D content. Blender provides a broad spectrum of modeling, texturing, lighting, animation and video post-processing functionality in one package.Through it's open architecture, Blender provides cross-platform interoperability, extensibility, an incredibly small footprint, and a tightly integrated workflow. Blender is one of the most popular Open Source 3D graphics application in the world.Blender is also fully integrated creation suite, offering a broad range of essential tools for the creation of 3D content, including modeling, uv-mapping, texturing, rigging, skinning, animation, particle and other simulation, scripting, rendering, compositing, post-production, and game creation.
GIMP is acronym for GNU image manipulation program.It has capability of photo retouching, image composition and image authoring much like Adobe™ Photoshop and available for multiple platforms.We can use it as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. Gimp is developed on UNIX platform but since it is of cross platform nature it can also run on Windows and Mac OS.File formats supported in GIMP include bmp, gif, jpeg, mng, pcx, pdf, png, ps, psd, svg, tiff, tga, xpm, and many others.It has also in built scripting capability based on Perl,Python and Scheme.
It is used for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.It is cross platform software and available in many languages. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages such as Microsoft™ Office suite. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose. Currently availabe OpenOffice.org 3 is released under the LGPL licence.
Zimbra is a next-generation collaboration server that provides organizations greater overall flexibility and simplicity with integrated email, contacts, calendaring, sharing and document management plus mobility and desktop synchronization to users on any computer.We can very easily set up our Yahoo Mail ,GMail and other accounts with Zimbra.
It is small-business financial-accounting software.It is licensed under GNU GPL and provides cross platform support.With GNUCash we can track bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses. As quick and intuitive to use as a checkbook register, it is based on professional accounting principles to ensure balanced books and accurate reports.
GNUCash provides following functionality :
- Double-Entry Accounting
- Stock/Bond/Mutual Fund Accounts
- Small-Business Accounting
- Reports, Graphs
- QIF/OFX/HBCI Import, Transaction Matching
- Scheduled Transactions
- Financial Calculations
Word is open source web tool which can be used to create professional blogs and also as CMS. It has thousands of plugins and themes,widgets available which can be used for professional quality blogs.It is based on the php and Mysql. WordPress was started in 2003 with very few users but now it has much more users than google’s Blogger.
Drupal is also open source software licenced under GNU GPL developed by a community of 630,000+ users and developers. Drupal is used by various organizations such as MTV,Harvard,MIT,San Jose State University, Sony Music,Warner Brothers,Ubuntu,Brainstorm etc.
Currently released version is Drupal can run on Apache or Microsoft IIS.Drupal provides drag and drop interface for the frequently used administrative tasks and It also has the support for the integration of WYSIWYG editors which makes the life of novice user much more easier.
OrangeHRM is a Human Resource Management Information System that provides a vast range of feature to manage the crucial organization asset i.e Employees.Its developers claim that it has 1,000,000 users globally and OrangeHRM is the world’s most popular Open Source Human Resource Management Software (HRMS). OrangeHRM offers features such as Personal Information Management,Employee self service,Leave Management, Time and attendance tracking,Health,Saving plans and recruitment for new employees.
Sugar is an affordable and easy to use customer relationship management (CRM) platform, designed to help your business communicate with prospects, share sales information, close deals and keep customers happy. Thousands of successful companies use Sugar everyday to manage sales, marketing and support.
As an open-source, web-based CRM solution, Sugar is easy to customize and adapt to your changing needs. Ideal for small and medium-sized companies, large enterprises and government organizations, Sugar can run in the cloud or on-site.