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Re: Small Businesses WILL need a Red Hat Linux suited for them!!!



Sankarshan (সঙ্কর্ষণ) wrote:
To begin addressing this space, it would require a jot-down of what tasks the Small Businesses expect to achieve using this OS, what services they currently consume and desire replaced by a FOSS stack and what applications are available that can meet their needs.
Exactly. When dealing with small businesses, sometimes the direct approach isn't always the most effective. Small business owners have a lot going on and taking time for a new anything is a big deal. We, as business owners [1], have to be convinced that the investment in time and/or money will be well worth it. Because we don't buy into something simply because it might do wonderful things. I work with many small businesses through SCORE [2] - an organization in the USA to counsel small business owners. From start-up to growing pains and beyond. (Best of all, it's free advice.)

I've begun pitching Open Source applications as a triage process knowing that for some businesses, the introduction will come in small steps and not always with an operating system. [3]

What would it mean to your business if you went with OOo instead of a commercial office suite? Is that money you don't have to borrow? Money you could put to use elsewhere? To other businesses FOSS means websites that are "close enough" that they only need to hire a tech for the finishing touches. (Knitting components together in an OSCommerce shopping cart or tweaking Joomla extensions etc)

~Karlie

[1] http://webpath.net/index.php?wiki=Staff
[2] http://SCORE.org or my chapter, http://scorerochester.org
[3] Example of how I plug FOSS in business - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=253123.0


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