Hightrees and Ayrmer Software have recently installed an “Open Source Office” for a client based in London. Each new Linux based desktop PC has been configured with a variety of software packages, replacing the the traditional Microsoft based Windows XP and Office applications.
The desktop applications include :
Firefox – The award-winning Web browser for both Windows and Linux
Thunderbird – Simple to use, powerful, and customizable, Thunderbird is a full-featured email application for both Linux and WIndows.
OpenOffice – OpenOffice.org is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute.
Nvu – A complete Web Authoring System for Linux Desktop users as well as Microsoft Windows and Macintosh users to rival programs like FrontPage and Dreamweaver
As well as replacing the desktop PC’s, a new server was installed to provide centralised storage and user administration, internet access and security, VPN access for both staff and remote IT Support, email server and Samba support of legacy data and older Microsoft based laptops. By using an Open Source Solution, the client has reduced their costs on software licensing, has been able to purchase new PC’s witn minimal impact to their day-to-day working practices.