Wednesday, January 07, 2004

open solutions  

posted by Michael Piwonka 8:14 AM
My wife has asked me to assist her set up a network, printers, and software for the new business she and a partner have just started.

I've been exalting the benefits of open-source solutions, and they're interested as long as they can get their work done (they mainly use email, word processor and spreadsheets). Running OpenOffice on Linux will allow them to continue to use any existing Microsoft documents they have, while avoiding Microsoft's high licensing fees.

I will demo Knoppix's and/or Mandrake's live CD to them in a couple days so we can determine if it will meet their needs.

Also, to avoid running cables, we will probably use some wireless networking (e.g., Linksys), along with a wireless printer server. While they will give up some speed when compared to a wired network, they won't generally notice it given the type of work they do.

Similarly, a friend has asked me to investigate a point-of-sale system for a new business idea he's working on. I'm not familiar with any open-source solution for a POS system, but I wouldn't be surprised if one already exists. I'll see what I can dig up...

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