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Ubuntu running on Dell Latitude business laptops

We've recently been trying out Ubuntu running on Dell's next-generation Latitude range of business laptops. In particular, we've been using the Latitude 15 3000 model—an affordable device well-suited to small business use.

Adobe Muse vs. open source for business websites

We've recently been fielding queries from folks on the topic of building business websites using Adobe Muse, a web design application that is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite.

Cool tools: send huge email attachments with Thunderbird Filelink

As part of a continuing series of blog posts covering useful tips and tools for businesses, we are once again going to revisit the Thunderbird email client.

Cool tools: Ubuntu Workspaces

In previous blog entries we've looked at some of the unique productivity-enhancing features of the Ubuntu OS. Ubuntu comes packed with tricks for business power users, and today we're going to take a look at another: Ubuntu Workspaces.

UK government plans to replace Microsoft Office with open source

In a great piece of news from The Guardian, the UK government is looking to make the switch from Microsoft Office software to open source.

Cool tools: pinnable windows in Ubuntu

Our latest blog entry on lesser-known tools and tips for boosting business productivity refers not to an add-on or third-party functionality, but an integral part of the Ubuntu operating system (OS). Ubuntu's beautiful user interface allows the customer to independently pin any open window so it always appears on top of all other windows. Let's briefly look at why this is such a terrific feature for business use.

Run Windows in Ubuntu with VirtualBox

In previous blog entries, we highlighted the imminent end of support for Windows XP, and how Ubuntu can function as a superior (and completely free) replacement. In this blog entry, we'll explore an innovative, easy method that businesses looking to make the switch to Ubuntu can use to retain Windows XP if needed.

Cool tools: Google Calendar support for Thunderbird

Many businesses using Google Apps to host staff email prefer to connect to email accounts using dedicated software such as Thunderbird. This enables a "best of both worlds" scenario: the huge capacity and professional support of a business-grade Gmail account, coupled with the stability, flexibility, and powerful extensions ecosystem of Thunderbird—and not to mention full offline access to email in an internet outage.

Debunking the ongoing Linux usability myth

Pat Pilcher, writing for the New Zealand Herald today outlined alternative operating system (OS) choices in the face of Windows XP's imminent end of life. It's a useful article, and touches on the options available for migrating off the Windows platform altogether.


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