Running a medium-sized business with open source software?

Here we show how this is possible.

What costs nothing is good for nothing ?!

In all the companies I have had the pleasure of getting to know, expensive "standard" software was used in the office area. Does it have to be that way? 

Here are some typical examples:

  • Windows as the operating system for PCs and notebooks.
  • Expensive systems were also procured for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).
  • Microsoft Office was used in everyday office life.
  • There was a passionate debate in sales about the sense and nonsense of IT solutions for customer relationship management (CRM) and IT providers tried to convince users that their system would make sales much faster and easier. 

Without exception, these were IT systems developed and commercially distributed by IT manufacturers. There is nothing wrong with that. What all solutions have in common is that they require a great deal of capital to purchase and are also expensive to maintain. 

Does it have to be like that?

This question is precisely the subject of this project. It is about whether a business can be run innovatively with license-free open source software. So far, I can answer in the affirmative.

~Rainer Tolksdorf

Let's start in February '24 with the operating systems. Observations on the use of Microsoft Windows 10 compared with the Linux MINT distribution, which aims to make it particularly easy for people switching to Windows. It is also about the assumption that Linux is "difficult" and only for developers.