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Customer Relationship Management

11. Sugar Community Edition Replaces: ACT! ($229.99)

The Sugar Community Edition offers basic sales, marketing and support features, along with dashboards. The Professional and Enterprise editions add functionality for an annual subscription. Operating System: OS Independent


12. MySQL Replaces: Microsoft SQL Server Standard ($5,999)

The “world’s most popular open source database,” Oracle-owned MySQL offers a reliable, secure RDBMS. Its list of thousands of enterprise customers includes Yahoo!, LinkedIn, Alcatel-Lucent, Google, TweetMeme, Nokia, YouTube, Craigslist, Sears and Zappos.com. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X

13. Firebird Replaces: Microsoft SQL Server Standard ($5,999)

At 20 years old, Firebird offers a mature, stable code base. And despite its lightweight installer, it's been proven to handle databases as large as 1 terabyte. It's currently available in four versions--SuperServer, Classic, SuperClassic and Embedded—all of which are available free of charge. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X, Solaris.

14.Kexi Replaces: Microsoft Access ($139.99), FileMaker Pro 11 ($299)

Kexi boldly proclaims itself “a long-awaited competitor for programs like MS Access or Filemaker.” And unlike the commercial alternatives it supports native, dedicated, database connections for MySQL and PostgreSQL. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Desktop Publishing

15. Scribus Replaces: InDesign CS5 ($599), QuarkXPress ($899)

Most good desktop publishing programs cost a lot—but not Scribus. This app gives you professional-quality page layout features, including CMYK color separations, spot colors, ICC color management, and PDF creation. The interface is easy to use, and you can find a lot of help on the Web site. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X


16. Zimbra Replaces: Microsoft Exchange Server Enterprise ($3,999)

Like Exchange, Zimbra offers shared e-mail and calendaring capabilities, plus it adds document storage and editing, instant messaging, and simplified administrative controls, all accessible via a Web-based interface. Note that while Zimbra runs on a Linux or Mac server, users can access it from any browser or even from the Microsoft Outlook client. It's also available in hosted versions. Operating System: Linux, Unix, OS X

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

17. OpenERP Replaces: Microsoft Dynamics ($2,879.00 and up)

OpenERP's claim to fame is a modular design that lets you select only the functionality you need. It's available in commercially supported and SaaS versions as well as the free community edition. And if you'd like to see how open-source ERP compares to commercial products (including ones we haven't listed here), OpenERP offers links to a couple of charts. Operating System: Windows, Linux

18.Openbravo Replaces: Microsoft Dynamics ($2,879.00 and up)

The self-proclaimed "leading web-based open source ERP," Openbravo can be deployed on-site or in the cloud. It's available in both a free community version or in a supported professional version that can be purchased from third-party Openbravo partners. Operating System: OS Independent

19.ADempiere Replaces: Microsoft Dynamics ($2,879.00 and up)

Compared to the other ERP options, Adempiere is much more community-oriented. It also includes some POS and CRM functionality, and integrates well with a number of other business-focused open source applications. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, others

Gateway Security Appliances

20.Endian Firewall Community Replaces: Check Point Security Gateways ($850 and up), McAfee ($319 and up), SonicWall ($896 and up)

Instead of purchasing a hardware appliance, you can use Endian to turn any old PC into a Gateway Security Appliance for your network. Features include a firewall, antivirus, spam-filtering, content filtering of Web traffic and a VPN solution. Operating System: Linux

21. Untangle Replaces: Check Point Security Gateways ($850 and up), McAfee ($319 and up), SonicWall ($896 and up)

Like Endian, Untangle lets you use an older PC as a gateway security appliance, but it also comes in a software version for protecting a single PC. The free version includes spam and spyware blocking, anti-virus, intrusion prevention, firewall, reporting, phishing prevention and more. Additional features and support are available with a paid subscription. Operating System: Windows, Linux

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