How to Save $2,325 Per Desktop on Business Software

If you choose these free, open source alternatives to expensive proprietary software a business can save a bundle

By Katherine Noyes, PC World |  Open Source, Open Source Software

QuickBooks pricing starts at $229.95, whereas many open alternatives cost nothing.

Of course, this is just a small sampling of the software you might want, and the free alternatives available. Far more options can be found at the PCWorld Download center and OSAlt.com.

Either way, however, I figure that by adopting one alternative in each of the above categories--instead of Microsoft Office for $279.99, Adobe InDesign for $699, Adobe Illustrator for $599, Dreamweaver for $399, QuickBooks for $229.95 and a $119 Windows 7 upgrade to Home Premium--a small business could save $2,325 per desktop.

You can keep your specialized software applications; switch to open source for the basics, and the niche packages will be a lot easier to afford. As a result, I predict it won't be long before you, too, are inspired to celebrate Software Freedom Day.

Follow Katherine Noyes on Twitter: @Noyesk.


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