Linux or GNU/Linux, as it is known, is an open source and free OS. For many people it is a mere OS, and they are stereotyped about it. They think that Windows is good and Mac is better because both of them are worth of some bucks whereas Linux is for free and so, it can’t compete with them. But nothing is like that. Here are five reasons that would really make you go for Linux. Go through this post and you will find it is not only a good (or better) OS but it is worth giving a try. Forget not the Android was built on this platform only.
1. Fast, stable, flexible and light
It is said that Linux is the lightest OS that you will ever install on your system. For installing Windows 7 you need a disk space of almost 20 GB, but for installing the latest Linux you need no more than 700 MB, making it the lightest OS in the market. Talking about its flexibility, once you have installed it, suppose on only one of your computers, you can always port it on any of your other computers without any permissions of the copyrights or registering it online plus no degradation will occur in its performance.
But here’s the real thing, as you know that Apple computers are designed in such a way that only Apple OS would run on them. But it left everyone in amazement when Linux was successfully installed and was working properly on the Apple Computers. As it is well noted with many OS’s that after a year or two, most of them slow down, often hang, and lose their stability. But that is never a case with the Linux. It would never lose its stability even after two years of its installation. This, thus, makes it the most stable OS. It also requires a very less RAM for its working. But if you feed it as much RAM as you would feed to Mac OS or Windows, it won’t run, it will fly, making it the fastest OS in the market.
The security is the most important thing to consider while choosing an OS. Of course, there are many anti-virus softwares to ensure the security of your system but it’s Linux we are talking about. Linux doesn’t need any anti-virus software. There’re two reasons for this.
It has a very few viruses, very-very few.
even if, by any chance, a virus gets in your system, there are some particular methods to detect virus under Linux. Soon as you find a virus, you can remove it. Plus, it is said that systems running on Linux are comparably tougher to hack than those running on Mac or Windows.
3. Productive, creative and generative
Linux is an open source OS which means that you can always modify and distribute it further. If you are creative enough and want to let your creativity out, go for Linux. Download a Linux, modify it, make it better, and distribute it, without any licence (have I missed the GNU-GPL, General Public License?).
4. Open source and free OS
As, mentioned above, open source means the underlying code may be used, modified, and distributed under the license GNU General Public License. All the softwares, utilities, applications, etc. coming under this license are free. Linux is one of them. Other popular open source utilities are VLC media player and Mozilla Firefox.
5. Rapid Fire round about its functions
You might have seen mobile phones these days having multiple home screens. Ever gave a thought what platform are these kinda softwares built on? Oh, yeah! You guessed it right, its Linux! (Linux itself has four desktops!) What platform was android built on? Linux! The servers, almost 90% of them, run on which platform? Linux! What do top 20 fastest supercomputers run on? Linux! What do almost all of the smart TVS’s run on?
Linux! What do the video game consoles run on? Linux! What is used for controlling stage lighting systems? Linux! What do the world’s best electronic pianos, synthesizers and music generator modules run on? Linux! There are many such amazing functions of Linux, but are beyond the scope of this article.
Linux – Conclusion
Now that I have covered almost everything about Linux, to make you give it a try, I think that you’re gonna give it a thought of getting Linux on your system. Linux can be downloaded from various Linux distributions, commonly known as distros. Some popular Linux distros are Ubuntu, Gentoo, Mint, Debian and Red Hat. These distros provide you the Linux OS with all the system softwares, utilities, applications, etc. in one single package. If you don’t know how to install it, there is an auto install option to make you worry free.
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Talking to several designer and store owners, I realized how confusing it becomes when it comes to selecting an e-commerce platform to start e-commerce website, especially for the start-ups with little budget.
There are online reviews, suggestions and rating but very few actually look into the real meat and guide small retailers to choose the right e-commerce platform. Earlier we saw some of the worthy Open Source forums and shopping carts.
I decided to share what I discovered. Feel free to comment, add suggestions or even ask questions.
Let’s understand intricacies involved in implementing online store using open source platform.
Open Source Platform – What’s The Big Deal?
Time to market
When you choose open source, it is going to eat up several weeks to be able to make your website available to do business. Factors that adds to time are code customization, template integration, Testing, implementation.
Customization and maintenance is painful
Website built with open source platforms are difficult to maintain and impossible for a non-techie. You got to have developers around when you want to change something. The trickier part comes when decided to hack the code to add additional feature on top of the open source code you downloaded from the platform provider. When you do so, the code base is personalized to your needs. The problem exacerbates when the bug fixes are made available from the open source provider and cannot be merged with your own customized version of the platform. Lack of proper documentation adds more complexities. Every time you want to add or remove feature from your e-commerce website, you have to go through the process of testing, implementation and bug fixes.
Open source experts are rare
Open source experts are pricey and rare. Many developers claim to be expert in open source development but fact of the matter is very few of them write quality codes that can become part of official future versions of the open source platform. A freelance expert can cost you anywhere between $25/hour to $45/hour.
Open source platforms do not provide direct support to customers. You have to rely on the developer you’ve hired to do the job. Lack of support from the developer can jeopardize your business.
Your website will attract more traffic during the festival than the normal period. You constantly need to monitor and ensure your website do not crash during the peak season. You have to upgrade your server capacity as traffic increases and downgrade during the normal days. If you fail to do so, you loose customers or end up paying more for hosting. Hiring an expert becomes eminent.
SSL checkout is now standard feature of any online store. SSL certificates come with a yearly price and you need to have experts to install it for you.
SaaS platforms – What’s The Big Deal?
Now, let’s find what is involved with SaaS platforms.
Maintenance and bug fixes are free and fast
One of the biggest benefits of SaaS platform is their ability to push upgrades, bug fixes and new features quickly. Fundamentally, SaaS e-commerce are multi-tenant, hence upgrades are made available to all the store deployments within seconds without requiring it to be done individually.
No separate hosting required
SaaS e-commerce platforms are hosted on cloud and you do not require to buy separate hosting. For instance, 39Shops.com (SaaS ecommerce platform) provides free data storage, unlimited bandwidth with all its plans. Hence, buying separate hosting is completely ruled out.
Designers take charge of the driver seat not developers
Expert designers are easier to find than open source developers. Unlike open source platforms, developers don’t have much role to play when it comes to store implementation and customization. Designer next door, with good XHTML/CSS skills can do the design customization and implementation. At times, basic changes can be done by a non-techie user as well.
Support is integral part of SaaS offering
Most SaaS provider offers direct e-mail or phone support to their customers.
No separate SSL certificate required
SSL checkout is essential and most new SaaS e-commerce platforms (Example: 39shops.com) provides SSL checkout included with its offering at no extra cost.
Although, open source are free but the end cost can go significantly higher compared to SaaS. If you are small business owner with less budget, less requirements and wants to do away dealing with developers, SaaS platform is ideal for you.
If you are large business with higher budgets and custom requirements, you may choose open source. But make sure that the changes to open source are no more than 30%, if you require modifying more than 30% code base of the open source e-commerce platform, you might want to consider developing your own.
I still remember a time when I heard that free things or the ones which don’t have a money tag attached to them can’t have a value amongst people. This made me a lot curious and finally I started a research which has resulted into this list. To start I would be talking about a software which I am using right now to provide you this article.
This amazing CMS created by Matt Mullenweg and is currently developed by the company Automattic, Inc. is one of the most popularly used web tool for the creation of websites and various of the worlds blog are using this as their web management software.
An open source operating system which is the most used in the Linus series of distributions. It has been completely free since the time it was released and has been an awesome platforms for users as well as developers all the time. Ubuntu OS is considered to be one of the best Operating systems for development of various applications and has various versions for various of works.
A mobile phone or smart phone operating system which is soon to become the future of the Mobile phones as of its share in the smart phones and the development it is undergoing. Currently owned by Google,Inc. the worlds biggest Internet company was initially an independent start up Android,Inc.
Another open source operating system the best used for servers and its handling and is considered better to windows in in a lot of cases. its use is wide and has a great user friendly interface. Red hat is owned and operated by Red Hat,Inc. and is also a part of Linus distributions apart form which this also has professional certifications of it in various sectors of computers.
An online encyclopedia created by Jimmy Wales and is edited by the whole world for the whole world. Wikipedia has a great rank of #8 on Alexa still has nothing to do with money and the best part of it is one can use its articles anywhere by just giving them credits.
A web browser created by Internet giant Google,Inc. and one of the fastest and user friendly interfaces ever. Google Chrome had tended to change the face of the web soon after it hit the web and users started to migrate to this browser leaving behind veteran such as IE and Safari.
These were some of the best works that the open source community can do for the people by sharing everything everywhere and making the web a better place.
Choosing an eCommerce shopping cart solution may be overwhelming.
You really need to analyze the features, compare them and more. Some carts are suited for particular products and some for other business. You can download them for free. Find the right cart software package, which you believe, is good in terms of features and security.
Here I prepared a list of best and free Open Source Shopping Carts. Being Open Source is a great advantage, earlier I prepared a list of 15 Free Best Open Source Forums. And also we reviewed 3 Best Hosted Shopping Carts.
Prestashop is robust, professional grade e-Commerce shopping cart that you can download, install, and use for free. In the back end, you will use a full featured back end to manage your inventory, orders, shipping, and customers in real time. Your customer’s payments are sent directly to your commercial bank account using the latest security technology. You can even add your own modules to the shopping cart.
OpenCart is an open source PHP based online shopping cart system. OpenCart is easy to use and is SEO optimized with a very nice interface. A great feature of OpenCart is that customers can write their own reviews of the products.
Magento is a professional open-source e-Commerce solution offering unprecedented flexibility and control. Magento is awesome, I would never believe it is an open-source project. It features clean urls and SEO from the start. Everything is designed in a clean and simple way. Magento also features: Unlimited flexibility, Completely Scalable Architecture, Professional and Community Support, and Smooth Integration with 3rd party apps.
AgoraCart is another very popular online shopping cart, written in Perl/MySQL. It features a css manager so you can edit the look of your cart online. AgoraCart also features unlimited product options, up to 4 different tax zones at the same time, tons of shipping and payment gateways/options. The setup options range from a simple template based store to the integration of a complex visual design and support for program modification.
5. Zen Cart
Zen Cart is a free, user friendly, open source shopping cart. Zen Cart focuses on the merchants and shoppers instead of the developers. Zen Cart also supports multiple payment and shipping options, quantity discounts and coupons. Also Zen Cart is very easy to install.
osCommerce is an online shopping cart that offers a wide range of features that allows online stores to be setup fairly quickly. osCommerce is backed by a great and active community. It also supports multiple currencies, allows customers to print invoices from the order screen, and has an easy database backup system.
StoreSprite is a powerful, free PHP/MySQL shopping cart system that is easy to install and customize. The Cart is free but it does have copyright notices that you can pay to get rid of. StoreSprite has many features including automatic tax calculation, automatic delivery cost calculations, customer ratings and reviews and featured products.
Ubercart is an exciting open source e-commerce package that fully integrates your online store with Drupal, the leading open source content management system. This is a killer combination for anyone looking to build a community around a product, sell access to premium content, offer paid file downloads, and much much more! Ubercart leverages the advantages of Drupal’s major core and contributed systems, providing your users with shopping cart functionality that integrates with other parts of your company or community website.
The Apache Open For Business Project is an open source enterprise automation software project licensed under the Apache License Version 2.0. By open source enterprise automation we mean: Open Source ERP, Open Source CRM, Open Source E-Business / E-Commerce, Open Source SCM, Open Source MRP, Open Source CMMS/EAM, and so on. Being open source under the Apache 2.0 license and driven by a community Apache OFBiz offers both flexibility by design and by access to code, and a solution where you’re not alone but rather can work with many others to get things done.
ZenMagick is an addition to Zen Cart, one of the major Open Source e-commerce applications. It provides database access to virtually all data relevant to templates (and more) via an object oriented API. ZenMagick also includes an alternative theme/templating system which offers a superior separation of application code and custom HTML. ZenMagick layout and view files are exceptionally simple to make real customisation as easy as possible, while still supporting useful Zen Cart admin settings.
nopCommerce is a fully customizable shopping cart. It’s stable and highly usable. nopCommerce is an open source e-commerce solution that is ASP.NET 3.5 based with a MS SQL 2005 (or higher) backend database. Their easy-to-use shopping cart solution is uniquely suited for merchants that have outgrown existing systems, and may be hosted with your current web host or their hosting partners. It has everything you need to get started in selling physical and digital goods over the internet.
TomatoCart is the new generation of open source shopping cart solution developed by Elootec Technology Co., Ltd. It is branched from osCommerce 3 as a separate project. Their goal is to make TomatoCart one of the best online shopping cart slotuions. As web applications become more and more sophisticated, modern web 2.0 technologies such as Ajax and Rich Internet Applications offers significant usability improvements and makes interacting with the web interfaces faster and more efficient. We’ve compared a lot of frameworks and come to the conclusion that ExtJS is the best framework for TomatoCart.
Digistore Ecommerce 4.0 is a fully featured open source ecommerce solution based on the popular osCommerce engine. Boasting improvements both to the administration and the end user experience – Digistore has quickly become a popular choice for people wishing to market products online.
14. Spree Commerce
Based on the popular Ruby on Rails platform with support for the latest releases. Powerful extension system which allows for simple and rapid site customization. Supports customized logic for taxation, shipping, discounts and coupons. Open Source – Completely free to use.
Zeus Cart is an incredibly stable & richly-interfaced, open source shopping cart and it’s a simple E-commerce software package which allows, even a non-technical person to open an online store on the Internet, with minimal efforts. ZeusCart is a web-based PHP/My SQL shopping cart which is simple, powerful and easy to use.
JadaSite is an open sourced content management and e-commerce system. JadaSite is licensed under GNU General Public License (GPL) V3. The GPL v3 is a popular license and we believe this license will ensure greatest interoperability with other code in the open source community. Contributors and developers can includes existing code into JadaSite without fears that the new code may be incompatible with JadaSite.
17. Ecommerce Shopping Cart Software
Ecommerce Shopping Cart Software is a free shopping cart software solution enabling small businesses to sell online using a reliable, easily customizable, feature packed, high performance online shopping cart with no coding required. The Ecommerce Shopping Cart Software program is an easy to install and easy to use ecommerce solution. Ecommerce Shopping Cart Software has the following features inside the shopping cart system.
VirtueMart is an Open Source E-Commerce solution to be used together with a Content Management System (CMS) called Joomla!. Joomla! and VirtueMart are written in PHP and can be used in typical PHP/MySQL environments. With it’s a fully-featured eCommerce Engine VirtueMart is perfect to sell your Goods online and drive your Business to new Heights. Despite being Open Source Software it powers large Online Shops providing the Performance, Usability and Security you expect from professional Software.
CF Shopkart is a free e-commerce solution for Coldfusion developers and online store owners. This Coldfusion shopping cart is absolutely free. This doesn’t mean it is poorly made. In fact, I have spent more than 5 years developing it, and working to improve on it. CF Shopkart is perfect for anyone that just needs an affordable solution. You never have to pay a dime for CF Shopkart if you don’t want to.
dashCommerce is an ASP.NET Open Source e-Commerce Application. Built using some of the latest technologies, dashCommerce is focused on providing a robust e-commercce application that is stable and highly usable. In addition, the dashCommerce community is one of the most active communities in the open source / .NET space, so take a look around. PayPal & a simple weight-shipping calculation provider are integrated by default.
Idut Shop is a simple and elegant open source PHP shopping cart for Google Checkout. It can be easily customized and incorporated into an existing website. Written in PHP, you can add products from the easy to use control panel this includes adding images and setting prices. Idut Shop for Google Checkout is simple to install and uses a MySQL database. Idut is focused on creating quality websites and graphics. Idut write both commercial website software and free, open source website scripts.
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I was about to start a forum for HBB, but due to my semester exams and tight schedule, I was not able to make it unfortunately.
I made a list of good free and open source forum software for using and I thought I can make this as an article, so here it is. In this article, I mentioned 15 free best open source forums. But personally, I recommend bbPress and phpbb. If you know any other good forum, please share it in the comments!
Best Open Source Forums
P.S. Description of each forum taken from respective sites. Credit goes to them!
Millions of people use phpBB on a daily basis, making it the most widely used open source bulletin board system in the world. phpBB is released under the GNU General Public License, you may make changes to the code without first having to obtain permission from the phpBB Group.
bbPress is forum software with a twist from the creators of WordPress. Have you ever been frustrated with forum or bulletin board software that was slow, bloated and always got your server hacked? bbPress is focused on web standards, ease of use, ease of integration, and speed.
Discourse is a popular open source forum software. They are famous for their minimalist ‘conversation’ style forum threads. Discourse provides paid hosting for using their forum or you can install Discourse on DigitalOcean, which is pretty much cheap compared.
Vanilla is an open-source, standards-compliant, multi-lingual, theme-able, pluggable discussion forum for the web. With over 450 plugins so far, Vanilla is ideal for custom community solutions. Vanilla has been adopted by over 300,000 businesses, brands, and fans.
Simple Machines Forum — SMF in short — is a free, professional-grade software package that allows you to set up your own online community within minutes. Its powerful custom made template engine puts you in full control of the lay-out of your message board and with our unique SSI – or Server Side Includes – function you can let your forum and your website interact with each other.
miniBB® is a free standalone open source software for building Your own Internet forum, written in PHP and using a mySQL database as the backend. It’s developed with a pretty simple purpose of posting and getting messages, which includes answering questions, spreading opinions, providing users support and another kind of online public communication between website owners and their visitors, and between visitors themselves.
YetAnotherForum.NET (YAF) is The Open Source Discussion Forum for sites running ASP.NET. 100% written in C#, YAF (pronounced like “laugh”) is a unique combination of Open Source, Microsoft’s .NET platform and an international collaboration of the .NET developer community. Growing and changing daily, the YAF project is lead by Jaben Cargman of Tiny Gecko. YAF runs on any web server that supports ASP.NET v2.0 (and above) and SQL Server. YAF is licensed under GPL.
IceBB is a powerful, fast, free, and open-source forum solution powered by the free PHP and MySQL. IceBB scales well, no matter how many users or posts, due to its clean and efficient code. It can also be fully customized to your needs with full skin and language support. A powerful admin control center, along with easy-to-use moderation tools, allows you to easily manage all aspects of your forum.
YaBB is a leading FREE, Open Source community forum system (bulletin board, message board) written in Perl. Learn how it started, who is on the project team, and what the main features are. This system is the first and most popular open-source Perl forum software and it runs very fast.
MyBB is a discussion board that has been around for a while; it has evolved from other bulletin boards into the forum package it is today. Therefore, it is a professional and efficient discussion board, developed by an active team of developers. The MyBB history has been recorded and is available for the interested to read. You can also read more about the MyBB team and why they develop MyBB in their spare time.
DeluxeBB is a powerful open source bulletin board, which helps you create your own web communities in less than 10 minutes. The board is written completely in PHP and uses a MySQL database to store its content. All pages are optimized for speed and security. What we believe is not necessary to overload the software with features like many other forum providers, we always keep the speed, security and easy handling as our primary objectives.
PunBB is a fast and lightweight PHP-powered discussion board. It is released under the GNU General Public License. Its primary goals are to be faster, smaller and less graphically intensive as compared to other discussion boards. PunBB has fewer features than many other discussion boards, but is generally faster and outputs smaller, semantically correct XHTML-compliant pages.
FluxBB is a fast, light, user-friendly forum application for your website. FluxBB was designed as a lighter, faster alternative to some of the traditional feature heavy forum applications. It is easy to use and has a proven track record of stability and security making it an ideal choice of forum for your website.
Phorum gives the web designers the power to rearrange the data in any shape, form or fashion they could want. The templates are in pure HTML with simple to understand text commands embedded in them. You can use the provided templates as a starting point or start from scratch. The power is in your hands. Phorum has a very flexible hook and module system.
UseBB is an Open Source forum package developed in PHP 4 and using the popular MySQL database back-end to store data. Unlike other popular forum systems, UseBB does not strive to have as many features as possible, but to be one of the easiest and most usable forum packages, limiting the basic feature set to only the essential. UseBB is pure forum software.
XMB is a lightweight PHP forum software with all the features you need to support a growing community. With outstanding community support and contribution, you will find XMB to be easy to setup, customize, and enhance. It offers the key features you need to get your message board up and running
Forums are useful for several reasons including buy/sell activities, you can get premium domain names, grow real Instagram followers and much more.
These are some of the best free open source forums we came across, we might have missed some, so if you know any, feel free to let us know in the comments below.