How to cut your operating budget with a smart tech strategy

Most people expect that running a small business means heading to the bank, hat in hand, asking for a five- or six-figure loan just so they can get through the month. Thanks to

Published on: April 29th, 2011 Christopher Null

‘Open Innovation’ network spins off 7 communications startups

Nine months after its inception, Ottawa-based developer network Coral CEA is already seeing strong success for its member tech start-ups.Coral CEA focuses on communications-enabled applications, or programs that help automate communications processes. It

Published on: April 15th, 2011 Harmeet Singh

How to launch a tech start-up for free

Two and a half years ago I wrote about the economic difficulties facing the modern small-business owner, and, well, it looks like nothing has changed since then. Times are still tough, money is

Published on: April 13th, 2011 Christopher Null

Try out these 7 free security tools for Linux

One of the big advantages of using Linux is that its security tends to be so much better than that of the competing alternatives. That's due in large part to the way Linux

Published on: April 13th, 2011 Katherine Noyes

Microsoft gets allies in patent fight against Toronto firm

Red Hat, Verizon, and Hewlett-Packard have jumped in to provide support to Microsoft in its patent dispute with Toronto-based firm i4i. The group combined forces to file an amicus brief to the U.S.

Published on: February 4th, 2011 Julie Bort

10 perfect tech gifts for ‘open source’ nerds

It may be better to give than it is to receive, but that doesn't mean geeks the world over don't have virtual sugarplums dancing through their heads. Of course, if it's a Linux

Published on: December 20th, 2010 Katherine Noyes

Honeypot software simplifies intrusion detection

Intrusion detection is a complex business. Whether you deploy an intrusion detection system (IDS), or you collect and analyze the computer and device logs on your network, identifying malicious traffic in a sea

Published on: November 18th, 2010 Roger A. Grimes

BitDefender releases free anti-spam server software ‘for geeks’

Businesses running Linux-based e-mail servers now have a free option for anti-spam protection thanks to Bucharest-based BitDefender.The Romanian security vendor has been seeing some success with its free anti-virus software and decided to

Published on: November 15th, 2010 Brian Jackson

Free Linux tool determines open source compliance

There are many ways that vendors of proprietary products try to scare business customers away from open source software, and one of the more commonly heard examples involves vague fears about compliance with

Published on: November 9th, 2010 IDG News Service

Video Rewind: Using open source software alternatives is realistic

At, we often feature articles describing the merits of open source software, such as yesterday's "Top 10 reasons open source software is great for business." We feature content like this to highlight

Published on: November 9th, 2010 ITBusiness Staff

Top 10 reasons open source software is great for business

With the many business and government organizations that now use open source software such as Linux, it's becoming increasingly clear that price is not the only advantage such software holds. If it were,

Published on: November 8th, 2010 Katherine Noyes

Microsoft loves PHP. Yes, seriously

There has in the past been a wide chasm between perspectives regarding commercial software and Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).  On the one side, FOSS is about the sharing of ideas and

Published on: October 26th, 2010 ITBusiness Staff

How to get support for open source software

One of the most persistent myths surrounding Linux and other open source software is that there's no easy way to get good support. Just this week, for instance, we saw this claim used

Published on: October 18th, 2010 Katherine Noyes

Top five errors made by Linux first-timers

With the arrival of Ubuntu 10.10, the list of reasons to try Linux for your business just got a little longer. The free and open source operating system is now more user-friendly than

Published on: October 15th, 2010 Katherine Noyes