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ACCPAC releases Linux applications for small to medium businesses

ACCPAC has launched is's Small Business Edition 5.0 for Linux, to provide accounting solutions for non-Microsoft users

ACCPAC is supporting open software for small businesses, with the launch of a Linux edition of Small Business Edition 5.0. The accounting application, which is aimed at small-to-medium sized enterprises, can be deployed on both Linux servers and Linux desktops, to allow companies to use lower cost operating systems.

Marc Van de Ven, general manager of ACCPAC, said that the company expects to see a growth in Linux in SMEs in the region. The product was launched at the recent Open Software Solutions conference, held in Jordan, to promote the benefits of open source software.

“We expect Linux to gain acceptance within the small and medium size business community, offering the market a high-performance environment for business applications at a low cost,” said Van der Ven. “Business application systems running on open software platforms is exactly what the small to medium businesses in the region need to overcome their budget constraints. The entire range of our software applications is built around these core features.”

Linux use at desktop level is expanding rapidly, according to IDC. In 2001, the analyst company reports, Linux client usage grew by 107%, and IDC expect a continued CAGR of 30.1% to 2006.

Hatem Salah, operations manager for Jordanian ACCPAC solution provider UBA said: “Extending ACCPAC Linux support to the desktop provides a great opportunity for me to offer my clients proven technology with reduced costs. Users can now go fully to Linux, or migrate over time through a mixed Linux and Microsoft Windows environment. That’s the kind of flexibility that comes from smart product design and only ACCPAC provides it.”

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