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Linux for Small Business Owners

Using Free and Open Source Software to Power Your Dreams

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Table of contents (20 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Using Linux – The Personal Case

    • David Both, Cyndi Bulka
    Pages 1-13
  3. A Bit of History – Becoming Linux

    • David Both, Cyndi Bulka
    Pages 15-20
  4. Using Linux – The Business Case

    • David Both, Cyndi Bulka
    Pages 21-32
  5. Choosing Hardware

    • David Both, Cyndi Bulka
    Pages 33-59
  6. Take Linux for a Test Drive

    • David Both, Cyndi Bulka
    Pages 61-80
  7. Finding Software

    • David Both, Cyndi Bulka
    Pages 81-90
  8. Making the Decision

    • David Both, Cyndi Bulka
    Pages 91-99
  9. Preparing for the Switch

    • David Both, Cyndi Bulka
    Pages 101-108
  10. Installing Linux

    • David Both, Cyndi Bulka
    Pages 109-122
  11. Getting Started

    • David Both, Cyndi Bulka
    Pages 123-153
  12. Easy File Management

    • David Both, Cyndi Bulka
    Pages 155-182
  13. Restoring Your Data

    • David Both, Cyndi Bulka
    Pages 183-194
  14. Software Management

    • David Both, Cyndi Bulka
    Pages 195-221
  15. Backups

    • David Both, Cyndi Bulka
    Pages 223-255
  16. Upgrades

    • David Both, Cyndi Bulka
    Pages 257-263
  17. Printing

    • David Both, Cyndi Bulka
    Pages 265-278
  18. Security

    • David Both, Cyndi Bulka
    Pages 279-298
  19. Automation

    • David Both, Cyndi Bulka
    Pages 299-301
  20. Finding Help

    • David Both, Cyndi Bulka
    Pages 303-311

About this book

Learn how you can take complete control and run your small business with powerful, free open source software (FOSS). This book introduces small business owners to the power and security of Linux and other FOSS tools to manage any small business as well as the many advantages it has over expensive, proprietary software. While exploring the reasons for using Free Open Source Software, you'll investigate the assertion that, “The value of any software lies in its usefulness not in its price,” set forth by Linux Torvalds, the creator of Linux. 

This book examines the use of Linux and also the other Free Open Source Software you need to meet your business challenges including the usual accounting, Email, web browsing, word-processing tasks. You will be introduced to advanced tools such as those that enable you to create audio and video clips you can use to promote your business or that can even be your primary product, such as how-to instruction.

Most small business owners perform many tasks including that of administering their computers. This book shows you how to find and install new software you need to run your business and keep it up to date using the tools already provided by Linux and the secure, trusted repositories available online. It also explores how to decide which tasks to do in-house and which you might want to sub out to external resources such as advertising and contact services to attract and keep customers. 

Linux for Small Business Owners provides some logic, reason, and explanation for each of the steps that are needed and the tools used to implement Linux in your small business. 
It is a detailed guide to removing Windows from your computers and installing Linux and some commonly used open source software like the LibreOffice suite of programs, accounting, and other software useful to many small businesses. It also provides the information and tools necessary to manage and maintain Linux and applications up-to-date and secure.

Keywords

  • small business
  • SMBs
  • SMB
  • FOSS
  • free and open source software
  • open source
  • fedora
  • linux

Authors and Affiliations

  • Raleigh, USA

    David Both, Cyndi Bulka

About the authors

​David Both is an Open Source Software and GNU/Linux advocate, trainer, writer, and speaker. He has been working with Linux and Open Source Software for more than 25 years and has been working with computers for over 50 years.  He is a strong proponent of and evangelist for the "Linux Philosophy for System Administrators." David has been in the IT industry for over forty years.

David  prefers to purchase the components and build his own computers from scratch to ensure that each new computer meets his exacting specifications.

He has written articles for magazines including, Linux Magazine, Linux Journal, and OS/2 Magazine back when there was such a thing. His article "Complete Kickstart," co-authored with a colleague at Cisco, was ranked 9th in the Linux Magazine Top Ten Best System Administration Articles list for 2008. He currently writes for OpenSource.com and Enable SysAdmin, both of which are supported by Red Hat. He particularly enjoys learning new things while researching his articles.

David has published four books with Apress, “The Linux Philosophy for SysAdmins,” August 2018, and a three volume self-study training course, “Using and Administering Linux — From Zero to SysAdmin,” released in December, 2019

David currently lives in Raleigh, NC, with his very supportive wife and a strange rescue dog that is mostly Jack Russell. David also likes reading, travel, the beach, and spending time with his two children, their spouses, and four grand-children.

David can be reached at LinuxGeek46@both.org or on Twitter @LinuxGeek46.


Cyndi Bulka is a Health Coach and Yoga Specialist and currently owns and operates Zakti Health, a small business offering therapeutic Yoga, Yoga teacher training, Yoga and wellness retreats and health/wellness individual and group coaching programs.

Prior to Zakti Health, she was the owner operator of Moving Mantra Yoga Studio in Raleigh, NC. She has been teaching Yoga for more than 25 years. Cyndi has traveled the world to obtain multiple trainings as a teacher, qualifying at the highest recognized level of certification. She obtained her Health Coaching training at Duke University's Integrative Health Center in Durham, NC in 2014.

Cyndi is a creative writer and poet, a lover of nature, an avid traveler, dedicated Yogi and passionate teacher. She enjoys hiking, gardening, music festivals and cooking. As the mother of two adult children and one rescue dog, grandmother to 4 precious grandchildren, and dedicated partner to a wonderfully supportive man, she stays happily busy. She currently resides in Raleigh, NC.

Cyndi can be reached at cyndi@zaktihealth.com or via her website www.zaktihealth.com

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Linux for Small Business Owners

  • Book Subtitle: Using Free and Open Source Software to Power Your Dreams

  • Authors: David Both, Cyndi Bulka

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-8264-9

  • Publisher: Apress Berkeley, CA

  • eBook Packages: Professional and Applied Computing, Professional and Applied Computing (R0), Apress Access Books

  • Copyright Information: David Both, Cyndi Bulka 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4842-8263-2

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4842-8264-9

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXVI, 380

  • Number of Illustrations: 110 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Open Source

Buying options

eBook USD 39.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4842-8264-9
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)