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Comment Do one thing and do it well (Score 1, Interesting) 164

Call me old fashion, but I am a firm believer of do on thing and to it well. Your list of requests have a very broad scope and it wasn't clear if you expected one software package to do all of it. There are many great open source software packages for use with business.

GnuCash is an excellent accounting system to help you keep your financial accounts organized. I'm not really sure what is entailed with 'issuing a W-2' other than handing your employee a form. I have seen various companies use a combination wiki, dms and cms, all of which have many open source choices, to organize corporate data, and serve it in an clean and clear fashion to interested parties.

As far as tax filing software, it looks like this is not a foreign question to slashdot:

One of the products offered in the above link is: Open Tax Solver

I am unclear what you mean by legal template. If you mean pre-formated document, has a large collection of templates you can browse through. If you mean canned agreements and contracts, they are around on the web, if you search for them. I must add IANAL so be careful using any generalized contract.

FreeNAS Switching From FreeBSD To Debian Linux 206

dnaumov writes "FreeNAS, a popular, free NAS solution, is moving away from using FreeBSD as its underlying core OS and switching to Debian Linux. Version 0.8 of FreeNAS as well as all further releases are going to be based on Linux, while the FreeBSD-based 0.7 branch of FreeNAS is going into maintenance-only mode, according to main developer Volker Theile. A discussion about the switch, including comments from the developers, can be found on the FreeNAS SourceForge discussion forum. Some users applaud the change, which promises improved hardware compatibility, while others voice concerns regarding the future of their existing setups and lack of ZFS support in Linux."

Comment Re:Blah (Score -1) 274

There are many products that fall under the "groupware" environment that are more standards compliant and easier to maintain than MS exchange. Exchange has long flouted many mail standards, locked you into using Outlook, and among other things is a bear to maintain on a large scale. The unix philosophy of "do one thing and do it will" can, and does, work well to achieve the same functionality:

LDAP for addressbooks
Choose your own IMAP server
Choose your own MTA
Choose your content scanner
Choose your webmail package
Choose your calendar server
(do I need to continue?)

While I admit calendaring is a little shaky as of right now. Things in this arena have been changing drastically over the past 1 to 2 years. Looking at packages like lightning and chandler for clients, and davical, cosmo, Apple iCal server and others. There is a very powerful product that I have not explored yet that does bring all these pieces together called SOgo (Scalable Open Groupware). These options are not perfect but do follow standards and are easier to fit into your work process.

Comment Re:Hmm... (Score 0, Insightful) 342

While I can appreciate your sentiment, you *can't* get a decent laptop for $500. You can get a laptop that will run XP or GNU/Linux or *BSD for $500. But the world uses Windows, and if you are going to be running Vista well, you are looking at $800 for the laptop. And while, that is phenomenal, TFA is trying to convey that over the next few months they want to take the $800 laptop and make it cost $500, and that $500 desktop to cost $400. Industries hurting now don't care where we are going to be in 100 years or even how far we have come in 10. The industry has been chasing this ever increasing sliding scale of performance. Consumers have benefited by getting more powerful machines.

Oddly enough, Moore's observations are still viable, but it is the economy that is going to slow the trend. Demand is shifting from the same price point to one lower. This will cause a momentary dip in the trend. Once the new price point stabalizes Moore's Law will again be relevant.

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