Run your business on FOSS

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An introduction to Free Open Source Software, a review of the hundreds of FOSS products you get with a standard web hosting package, and some practical ideas for cost reduction and new business development using FOSS systems. Presented for the Maroondah Business Association on 7 May 2014.

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Run your business on FOSS

  1. 1. Run your business on FOSS Russell Searle Principal Consultant, Psicom Melbourne Joomla! User Group 27 March 2013 Maroondah Business Association 7 May 2014
  2. 2. FOSS applications • FOSS = Free Open Source Software • A free open source business app: • Publicly offers at least one free edition or version • Publicly offers full source code for at least the free edition • Is licensed under an Open Source Initiative license • Established, reliable, powerful solutions • Well supported by very large global developer and user communities
  3. 3. Free? • Free as in beer • Gratis [Lat] = free of charge, zero price • Many FOSS apps are free of charge, but not all • Free as in speech • Libre [Lat] = liberty, few or no restrictions on use • Open Source licencing guarantees open access to source • Open access to source = you control it, change whatever you want • Free ≠ cheap and nasty • FOSS apps compete with proprietary licenced apps • FOSS apps have largest market share in many segments • Proprietary apps often use FOSS code and components
  4. 4. Web hosting package • Web administrator control panel • cPanel, Plesk, DirectAdmin, Ajenti etc. • LAMP • Linux + Apache + MySQL + PHP / Perl / Python • LAMP apps are FOSS by default • Groups of tools: • Email management • File management • Domain management • Security control • Administration • Package installers
  5. 5. Web hosting package installers • Commonly provided with most web hosting plans: • Fantastico • Softaculous • Installatron • Run from web hosting control panel (cPanel etc) • Package installers provide: • Rapid install, uninstall and version updates • Demos • Descriptions and links to product home site • Ratings and reviews
  6. 6. Softaculous applications • Blogs • Micro blogs • Portals/CMS • E-Commerce • ERP • Education • Forums • Image galleries • Wikis • Social networks • Ad management • Calendars • Games • Mail • Polls/surveys • Project management • Guest books • Customer service • Music • Video • RSS • File managers • Other • Frameworks
  7. 7. Softaculous demo
  8. 8. A few examples • Content Management Systems (CMS) • WordPress powers 22% of all web domains (by some counts) • Joomla! runs 3.1% of all sites, Drupal runs 1.9% of all sites • e-Commerce / Shopping carts • Magento, VirtueMart, OpenCart, many others • Customer Relationship Management systems (CRM) • SaaS (subscription model) and proprietary vendors dominate • Worthy FOSS contenders: Sugar, CiviCRM, X2CRM, Zurmo, vTiger • Business systems (ERP) • Proprietary vendors dominate by inertia and default • Many worthy FOSS contenders: OpenERP, OFBiz, WebERP, FrontAccounting, allocPSA etc
  9. 9. Real online FOSS businesses • Blogs / e-books / vlogs / podcasts • Direct and/or indirect income • e-Commerce / online shops • Directories • Social media / communities / membership • Auctions / trading • Job boards • News / media / digital distribution / internet radio • e-learning • Gaming / hobbies • Specialty publishing / art galleries
  10. 10. Q&A

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