Is Ubuntu well-suited as a small business solution? I have a very scared part time IT manager who thinks it's not suitable. Please can you clarify?
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Ubuntu is perfectly suitable for business use in general. To compare, Microsoft has different versions of Office directed at personal use and students and other versions for professionals. The software itself is pretty much the same, but with different restrictions. For instance, if you buy MS Office for personal use, you can't legally use it in your small business. Another example is Windows Small Business Server. This is just a bundle of Windows Server software with a limit to how many users you are allowed to have, etc. Because of these restrictions, the price of the software can be lowered because you couldn't use it for larger businesses.
With Ubuntu, there are no ultimate editions or personal use only editions. Everyone gets the best software available. I see no reason why LibreOffice should be more or less useful to large companies than it is to small businesses, students or personal users, for instance. We know for a fact that it is useful to very large companies and organizations. So, as a general answer to a general question, I would say that yes, Ubuntu is very much suitable for small businesses.
As a general advise, I'd recommend that you define your needs, rather than labeling yourself simply as a small business. There might be differences between a hair dresser and a small law firm, for instance.