Simple Invoices Quotation

I have professed my love for Simple Invoices previously on this blog. Simple Invoices is a free, open-source, web-based invoicing system that can be installed on your desktop or web server. In fact, I use Simple Invoices on one of my businesses.

Today, I started using the Quotation feature. Quotations are not much different than Invoices. The only difference that you save the form as a Quote instead of Invoice. The default selection is Invoice.

A quote can be easily converted later to an invoice later by simply changing the category. Simple enough. If you need an web-based invoicing system, be sure to check Simple Invoices.

Upgrade To WordPress 3.0.3

I upgraded to WordPress 3.0.2 just the other day. Now WordPress 3.0.3 is out. This particular upgrade is not critical by any means, but it fixes a bug in the remote publishing interface that allowed authors and contributors to have improper access to certain posts.

As mentioned in the WordPress.org blog, the remote publishing feature is disabled by default. You have to turn it on to enable the feature. You can access remote publishing from the Settings – Writing in the Dashboard.

If you’ve never heard of the remote publishing feature in WordPress, you are most likely not using this feature. So, the question is, is it worth upgrading to WordPress 3.0.3? Probably not, but WordPress upgrades are relatively painless nowadays.

All it takes is a click of a button. It’s as simple as it can get. In any case, I suspect most WordPress users will probably upgrade to 3.0.3.

If you don’t upgrade, no harm will be done, except for the incessant Please update now messages in the WordPress Dashboard. If you can ignore the hounding, you’re a better man or a woman. In my case, I’m upgrading just for this purpose.

It’s good enough reason for me to update to WordPress 3.0.3.

Red Hat Nearing $1 Billion in Revenue

It looks like Red Hat will reach revenue of $1 billion dollars in 2011. This number is based Red Hat’s recent quarter. In any case, it will be a remarkable achievement, considering Red Hat’s business is based on open-source software. Only a handful of software companies can claim the $1 billion dollar mark.

This goes to show you, the impact of open-source software to businesses today. Even though it’s hard to track down and quantify open-source use, businesses rely on open-source software more than it’s realized. Redhat’s source of revenue comes mainly from their server side of the business, in terms of subscriptions, training and other services.

Gimp 2.71 Comes With A New GUI

It looks like the latest Gimp will get a new GUI. The new single window mode will be a welcome addition. In the past, opening a graphic file in Gimp involves two or three separate windows. Now, the Tools and Layer menus are all going to be one window. Here is an excerpt from an article from the H.

With the release of developer version 2.7.1, GIMP users and early adopters have been given the opportunity to preview the new features of the free image editing software’s forthcoming stable 2.8 release. The most important improvement is the graphical user interface (GUI), which has undergone a thorough overhaul. For instance, it now includes a single-window mode which doesn’t display elements such as the tools or layers menus in separate windows next to the image window, instead lining these elements up alongside the image in the same window.

Elliot Associates Offering To Buy Novell

Red Hat and Novell are two pioneer companies who have made money from open-source. Novell with its Suse Linux distribution has received an offer from Elliot Associates to buy its stock for $5.75 per stock, a total of $1 billion dollars. Novell shares closed today at $4.75. After hours trading are above $6.

Meanwhile, Redhat’s market capitalization is at $5 billion. This is more than enough proof that companies can make money from free, open-source products.

Zenoss Open Source IT Management

Zenoss is a free and open source software for monitoring applications, networks, servers and much more. I haven’t heard of Zenoss until today when I saw it head the list of the Top 10 Open Source Server Technologies Need To Know. From Zenoss’ About page:

The Zenoss Core project was started by Erik Dahl, a long time network engineer who had used numerous commercial network monitoring systems. He was unimpressed with the state of systems management tools and frustrated by the fact that you need multiple tools to do availability monitoring, performance monitoring, event management and more. In 2005 Erik met up with former colleague Bill Karpovich and formed Zenoss, Inc. They soon released the first version of Zenoss Core on SourceForge under the GNU GPL (Version 2) for download. Since then Zenoss has been downloaded over 1 million times and is used on every continent.

If you are curious like I am, you can view the Zenoss screenshots and video tutorials that are available online. Better yet, you can download the software and start playing around with it. That’s the beauty of open-source. You get to test drive and install it right away. Visit Zenoss.