Articles by Timothy R. Butler

[Timothy R. Butler](https://ofb.biz/bios/tbutler) is Editor-in-Chief of *Open for Business*. He also serves as a pastor at [Little Hills Church](https://littlehills.church) and [FaithTree Christian Fellowship](https://faithtreecf.org).

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MySQL 4 Alpha Release

By Timothy R. Butler | Oct 16, 2001 at 6:20 PM

MySQL AB, developers of the world's most popular open source database, announced a major new release of their namesake database yesterday. MySQL version 4.0, which is considered “alpha” quality, sports numerous improvements that may influence additional adoption of the database.

Open Source Accounting and Inventory Program Launched

By Timothy R. Butler | Oct 09, 2001 at 9:57 PM

A web based, open source accounting and inventory program called NOLA has been released. It appears that this program is fully web based, so it should be especially useful if you need remote access to accounting and inventory systems, or if you are working in a mixed platform environment.

RedHat Announces Migration Resource

By Timothy R. Butler | Oct 09, 2001 at 5:55 PM

According to this month's Under the Brim, RedHat has recently launched a site to help migrate IT infrastructure to RedHat Linux solutions.

First KDE 3.0 alpha is released

By Timothy R. Butler | Oct 08, 2001 at 8:18 PM

The first official Alpha release of KDE 3.0 was made today. KDE, currently at version 2.2.1, is the premiere desktop for UNIX.

Open for Business Launches!

By Timothy R. Butler | Oct 05, 2001 at 2:30 PM

Welcome to Open for Business! We are glad to have you here, and hope that you enjoy this new resource. Our goal is to grow this site into a one-stop resource for IT workers interested in migrating from proprietary operating systems to open source technologies.

StarOffice 6.0 Beta is Out

By Timothy R. Butler | Oct 04, 2001 at 9:20 PM

Sun has recently announced the release of StarOffice 6.0 Beta (see the full story here). At least according to the hype, StarOffice 6.0 should provide an excellent alternative to Microsoft Office, especially for those seeking to switch to Linux-based desktops.

SuSE 7.3 out soon

By Timothy R. Butler | Sep 28, 2001 at 11:38 PM

SuSE GmBH will release their latest version of the award winning Linux operating system in Germany on October 13

KDE::Enterprise Site Launched

By Timothy R. Butler | Sep 27, 2001 at 3:29 PM

Dieter pointed this announcement out: “The KDE::Enterprise Initiative was launched today, with the goal of improving, integrating and customizing the K Desktop Environment (KDE), for development and use by enterprises. KDE is the leading desktop for Linux and other Unix systems. ”

Do you like Delphi? Try Kylix!

By Timothy R. Butler | Sep 27, 2001 at 2:32 PM

If you haven't been paying attention to what Borland has been up to for the last year, this should bring you up to speed with their latest and greatest offering for RAD development on Linux.

Gaim: Perfect for Business IM

By Timothy R. Butler | Sep 23, 2001 at 11:41 PM

With instant messaging (IM) rapidly gaining popularity among internet users, it's use for business purposes is becoming a practical reality. However, with five major protocols vying for the public's attention, choosing one instant messaging application for your business without limiting the amount of customers you are able to communicate with is nearly impossible. Furthermore, having multiple clients for different protocols hogs resources on your workstations, and can cause training headaches for your employees.

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