Open Source Replacements for Popular Small Business Software: Page 2

The best open source applications for office productivity, accounting, collaboration, ERP, security and more.
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E-mail/Collaboration/Groupware

21. Collabtive

Replaces: Basecamp

Ideal for small businesses, Collabtive is a project management and collaboration tool that’s very, very similar to Basecamp. Download and run it on your own server for free or use a hosted version for a fee. Operating System: OS Independent.

22. Evolution

Replaces: Microsoft Office Outlook

Known as "the Outlook of Linux," Evolution offers a very familiar interface for joint email, calendar and address book. It's popular among Linux users and integrates with many other open source applications. Operating System: Linux.

23. Group-Office

Replaces: Microsoft Office Outlook

This app brings together CRM features and groupware features in a package that's a good fit for many SMBs. The free community version offer basic functionality, and the paid professional version adds helpdesk, time tracking, mobile sync, projects and document editing, with billing and document search available for an additional fee. Operating System: OS Independent.

24. Thunderbird with Lightning

Replaces: Microsoft Office Outlook

Thunderbird is an email client; Lightning is a calendar that integrates with Thunderbird. Both were created by Mozilla, the organization behind the Firefox browser, and together they can replace Outlook. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

25. Zimbra

Replaces: Microsoft Exchange

For organizations large enough to need their own mail server, Zimbra provides an alternative to Exchange, along with a desktop client for messaging and collaboration. The company offers a number of related products, some of which are free and open source and some of which require a fee. Operating System: Linux, Unix,OS X.

E-Commerce

26. Zen Cart

Replaces: BigCommerce, Volusion, Yahoo Merchant

Zen Cart aims to "put the dream of your own business within reach of anyone." It's a user-friendly shopping cart solution that requires only basic computer skills to manage. Operating System: OS Independent.

27. PrestaShop

Replaces: BigCommerce, Volusion, Yahoo Merchant

With nearly 4 million downloads, PrestaShop is an incredibly popular option for setting up your own retail Website. It boasts more than 310 different features and 3,500 modules and templates that simplify the process of building a site. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

28. Magento

Replaces: BigCommerce, Volusion, Yahoo Merchant

Used by more than 240,000 online stores, Ebay-owned Magento is an enterprise-class solution that is suitable for growing businesses. It comes in both a free and a paid version. Note that Magento Go, the cloud-based version formerly used by some small businesses, has been shut down. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

29. osCommerce

Replaces: BigCommerce, Volusion, Yahoo Merchant

With a community of more than 260,000 behind it, osCommerce is another popular open source e-commerce solution. It's been around for more than fourteen years and offers a library of more than 7,000 add-ons that makes it easy to customize your store. Paid services, including hosting and support, are available through third-party partners. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

30. Broadleaf Commerce

Replaces: BigCommerce, Volusion, Yahoo Merchant

Broadleaf counts well-known brands like the Pep Boys, Ganz, the Container Store and Vology among its users, and it promises "eCommerce without limits." In addition to the free community edition, it also comes in a paid enterprise edition. Operating System:Windows, Linux, OS X.

31. nopCommerce

Replaces: BigCommerce, Volusion, Yahoo Merchant

Designed for businesses that have outgrown an entry-level e-commerce solution, nopCommerce boasts that it is full-featured and PCI DSS-compliant. Paid support is available. Operating System: Windows.

ERP

32. ADempiere

Replaces: NetSuite, Microsoft Dynamics

ADempiere is a 100% free, community-oriented fork of Compiere (see below). It's robust enough to meet the needs of larger businesses, but offers plenty of documentation and help for small and growing businesses. It also integrates with several other open source business applications. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

33. Apache OFBiz

Replaces: NetSuite, Microsoft Dynamics

Short for "Open For Business," OFBiz brings together ERP, CRM, e-commerce, supply chain management, MRP, POS and more into a single package. It's designed for flexibility and low cost of ownership. Operating System: OS Independent

34. Compiere

Replaces: NetSuite, Microsoft Dynamics

Award-winning Compiere offers multi-site ERP, CRM and performance management capabilities. In addition to the free community version, it comes in a paid enterprise version that can be run on-site or on Amazon's cloud. Operating System: OS Independent.

35. OpenbravoERP

Replaces: NetSuite, Microsoft Dynamics

This popular ERP solution has a long list of customer success stories as well as an online demo available on its website. In addition to the free community versions (one for retailers and one for other SMBs), it also comes in paid standard, enterprise and on demand (cloud-based) versions. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

36. webERP

Replaces: NetSuite, Microsoft Dynamics

This mature accounting and business management solution gets thousands of downloads every month. It integrates with point-of-sale and e-commerce solutions, and support is available through several third-party providers. Operating System: OS Independent.

37. xTuplePostBooks

Replaces: NetSuite, Microsoft Dynamics

Calling itself the "world's #1 open source ERP," xTuple offers multiple paid and free ERP solutions. The PostBooks version is the free, open source edition that is suitable for small businesses. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Gateway Security Appliances

38. Endian Firewall Community

Replaces: CheckPoint Security Gateways, Barracuda Networks Appliances, Dell SonicWall Network Security Appliances, Cyberoam Security Appliances

If you don't want to purchase an expensive network security appliance, you can build your own using the Endian software and any standard PC. It includes firewall, application-level proxies for various protocols (HTTP, FTP, POP3, SMTP) with antivirus support, virus and spam-filtering for email traffic, content filtering of Web traffic and VPN capabilities. The company also offers several paid products based on the same software. Operating System: Linux.

39. Untangle Firewall Free

Replaces: CheckPoint Security Gateways, Barracuda Networks Appliances, Dell SonicWall Network Security Appliances, Cyberoam Security Appliances

Formerly marketed as "Untangle Lite," this is another option for SMBs that want to build their own gateway security appliance. As with Endian, the company also sells related products. Operating System: Windows, Linux.


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