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[Fsfe-uk] Low cost computing for small business - Comments wanted

From: Daniel Hedley
Subject: [Fsfe-uk] Low cost computing for small business - Comments wanted
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2002 10:17:35 +0100

The problem:
Computer software is too expensive for micro-businesses and charities to be able to take full advantage of modern IT.
Microsoft's virtual monopoly on desktop computer software and their punitive license agreements mean that organisations become locked into endless upgrade cycles without reaping any real benefit.
The proposed solution:
To source or assemble a complete IT solution for microbusiness using low-cost hardware and GPL/GNU software.
Fully functional office productivity suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentation package, email client) with the ability to open and create MS Office-compatible files (.doc, .xls etc)
Fully functional and stable web browser
Friendly and easy-to-use desktop environment.  Command line is NOT an option here.
Simple and friendly "one-click" printing.
Automated or easy-to-use backup system (such as zip drive or CD writer)
Initial thoughts:
The obvious software choice here is Linux.  There are a number of more user-friendly distributions, such as Mandrake, Suse and Lycoris (Redmond), all of which come with comprehensive software packages.  I will be evaluating them over the coming weeks.
Office packages currently available include KOffice (integrated suite bundled with the K Desktop Environment), OpenOffice (GPL version of StarOffice) and Corel WordPerfect Suite (not free but still quite cheap).
Web Browsers available include Mozilla, Netscape 6, Galleon, Opera and Konqueror.
The two big guns in Linux/XWindows desktop environments are GNOME and KDE.  Of the two, KDE is probably the friendlier and less "techie," at the cost of some performance.  Both environments offer Cut & Paste, drag and drop, and one-click printing.
Laser printers are far easier to get working under Linux as they understand Postscript.  Many inkjets, particularly low-cost models, will not work at all.
Backing up Linux is not as easy as Windows, but can be automated.  Backing up personal files can be done in exactly the same way.

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