Switching the SMB Mindset on Open Source

Lora Bentley

Even though wading through the options can be overwhelming, exploring open source for business is well worth it, small business owner Jennifer Goodwin says in an E-Commerce Times piece out today.


Goodwin's virtual administrative services company, InternetGirlFriday.com, had been turning away business because the necessary apps would have busted her budget. With open source, she says, she's saving money.


The question the E-Commerce Times story raises, though, is this: Is Goodwin representative of others in SMB space, or are most small businesses ignoring the benefits open source can offer because they're focused on its complexity?


At this point, it's the latter, suggests Red Hat Exchange product director Matt Mattox, but the Linux distributor is banking that its new initiative will help to instigate a change. Genuitec's Todd Williams points to commercial versions of the LAMP stack (made up of Linux, Apache, MySQL and Perl, Python and PHP) as well as a plethora of open source content management systems as other offerings that could benefit the SMB.


Just as proprietary vendors are increasing focus on the SMB market, so are open source companies. The easier vendors like Red Hat make it for companies like Goodman's to install and maintain open source, the faster the tide will turn.

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