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Top 5 Open Source Software Programs for Online Business

What is open source?

Open Source as the name itself suggests, is something that is open for modification and sharing for everyone. The design of all open source materials are accessible to the public, and they can modify and share it as and when necessary. The term is mostly used for software.

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Top Picks for Open Source Software

Open source software, as it is called, is a type of software which has a source code that allows programmers to inspect it, modify it and thus improve it. The programmers who have access to the source codes can not only fix the problems of the software, but also they can add new features to it.

Here is a list of top 5 open source software programs that are not only popular, but are also very easy to use.


LibreOffice is just like MS Office and consists of various different apps for documents, spreadsheets, texts, presentations etc. All the Microsoft files are compatible with LibreOffice, so, even if someone uses Microsoft Office, you can easily share Word, Powerpoint, Excel and other files with them. Besides, this, the files when opened through LibreOffice looks exactly the same as Microsoft ones, and thus, even without paying for a software, you get all its features. LibreOffice also has a live chat forum where you can communicate with other users and developers when needed.

Mozilla Firefox

There are so many browsers available these days, that it becomes really difficult to choose the best from the lot. But there is one browser, which belongs to the open source world and is a powerful one. Mozilla Firefox, is well known for its full customization function. It also has several other benefits like, multiple extensions, more than thousand plug-ins and above all, it gets updated every 5-8 week. Therefore even if a certain updated version has an issue, just a few weeks patience and you soon find it rectified and replaced by the new and the better version.

VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is probably the most loved and most popular media player, and why not? It can deal with almost any audio, video extension, and even consumes really less space. Other than allowing almost any extension, it also provides the user with a variety of options, which includes even optimizing a video or an audio. That is one of the major reasons for it being made into the list of the top 5 open source software programs.

KeePass Password Safe

Password Managers are available everywhere, but what makes KeePass special is its simple interface, its small size and most importantly the tools it comes with. It even has an AES encryption system and a 2 stage verification system, thus making it highly desirable.


If you are tired of using the basic Windows Movie Maker, Shotcut can act as a pretty good substitute. At first it might look a bit complicated, but once you add few optional toolbars, it can become one of the most powerful software. It has various features, out of which white balancing, color grading and quick filters are amazing.

With each passing day Open Source software is becoming more popular. This is just a list of the top 5 open source software programs, but the full list is almost endless. The way they are substituting the costly software, it is not that far off when almost everyone will opt for them.


Social Media Content Curation: 3 Reasons to Share, Retweet as Well as Create

A lot of brands look at social media exclusively from their point of view. This often means only sharing their own content and gaining fans rather than following other users. Clearly, that works for some of them depending on their respective size. However, social media often works best when it’s done on an inclusive basis. This article explores the importance of sharing and retweeting, as well as creating.

Have Your Website In Order First

Yes, social media is a great way to drive traffic back to the website that you’ve painstakingly put together. If it’s been a while since you put up your website, it’s a good idea to go through and do a quick audit of it. Is your content well organized and easy to find? Does the website look good on mobile devices? Are you using an attractive and modern theme or does your website look more like it belongs in 2005? If you don’t have a website yet, then yes I would suggest getting that set up before getting down to work on your social media presence. I find that people are more likely to look at your profile (where you should definitely have a link back to your website!) when they first follow you on social media. They might like something that you posted, whether they found it humorous or informative, and think ‘hey I wonder what else they have’. If you can direct them to your website at this point, great! If you are just getting started and trying to be as budget-conscious as possible, have a look at these to get some deals on your hosting services. You might even be able to save on a domain name as well.

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Once you have your website up and running and looking its best, now it’s time to dive into social media. Follow a few guidelines and you should see a lot of benefit for your business!

1. Overly promotional social accounts put people off.

Anyone that has spent some time on social media will have seen accounts that come across as one marketing message after another. A lot of their content is also promoted, so it’s unclear how natural the engagement levels are. Even if that is your strategy, you will be amazed at what a difference the occasional sharing of other posts or retweeting will do for you. You may also find that those you retweet or share will choose to follow you as a result.

2. It’s harder to stay active if you only have your own content.

A key to a successful social media presence is activity. It’s well known that tools such as Klout work best when there is a consistent level of updates. The problem is that this is much harder to achieve if you rely exclusively on your own content.

3. Content curation should be varied

When sourcing content for your social media channels you want to make sure it’s varied irrespective of the other points above. A lot of brands take the view that they only want to share their own content, but varied social media accounts are usually the ones that maximize engagement.

Users follow social media profiles because they provide interesting content, and that can be achieved with a mixture of your own content and shared popular content from elsewhere. This is also true the other way though, and you don’t want to have exclusively shared content either. The key is finding the right balance.

Getting social media content curation right can be a tricky, especially if you’re new to social media marketing. The key thing to remember is to not focus too much on the marketing side but more on engagement. It’s clear that being active on social media and providing interesting and varied content are keys to success.

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Download Piumalinux

Here you can get the last stable release of Piumalinux (and the old ones). You can download it directly through SourceForge or SpiderOak (please note that SourceForge is quicker).

Date release: July 2013
Size: ca. 768 mb
Architecture: 32 bit (PAE kernel)
Checksum: f69e093d49bafd81f46e16abb0fff36b piumalinux2012-1.3_x86_PAE.iso


Date release: July 2013
Size: ca. 782 mb
Architecture: 64 bit
Checksum: 0bd6c3f6e19201b0781bee0d77f2d270 piumalinux2012-1.3_x86_64.iso

Note for the live session

When you launch the live session of Piumalinux (via CD or USB) Casper (the tool that runs a live preinstalled system from read-only media) asks you the username and the password. You must insert:

username: piuma
password: blank (no password: just give enter)
Of course, when you install the system, you can choose your personal username and password!


Date release: May 2013
Size: ca. 695 mb
Architecture: 32 bit (PAE kernel)
Checksum: f8bec7b8042fa22366d05c6816e9b850 piumalinux2012-1.2.iso
Note for the live session

When you launch the live session of Piumalinux (via CD or USB) Casper (the tool that runs a live preinstalled system from read-only media) asks you the username and the password. You must insert:

username: piuma
password: blank (no password: just give enter)
Of course, when you install the system, you can choose your personal username and password!


Welcome to Piuma Linux Forms!

Update: Do to heavy spamming, the forums have been closed. The forums themselves have been kept here for archiving purposes only. You will not be able to post anything new here.

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You can help the development in a lot of ways:

Testing Piumalinux

Reporting bugs: via the Forum or writing to our contact form.

Suggesting ideas for the new release (look above)

Translating in your language site, blog, forum, wiki etc. (look above and use this Wiki)

Creating wallpaper, icons set, Mate Theme etc. (same as above)

Working at the new Piumalinux-Repo

Spreading and publicizing Piumalinux!