At the start of this year my businesses partner @martynshiner & I started an experiment to see if we could run Severn Delta using free open source software.
In place of Microsoft outlook we have been using Roundcube Webmail. Instead of Word, Excel and Powerpoint we have used Open Office. Our servers are likewise Microsoft Free-zones.
To be really bonkers we have both been using 9 inch Eee pcs running Eeebuntu! As you can see above.
We of course run the day to day business of the company with our own ERP software built with open source tools and our in house IT crew of 2. This runs in a browser. FireFox usually although I am using Chrome.
After eleven months the only glitch is my forecast model which still resides in a spreadsheet (I know I know - we are working on it!). This has a tendency to crash Open Office, but this is the weedy processor in the Eeepc falling down so a hardware issue. Otherwise it's no looking back. We are overdue an overhaul of our desktop hardware and so will be rolling Microsoft Free desktops across the company replacing our remaining XP running hardware.
The conclusion on the Eee pc is that it is great for traveling as ludicrously light but just a little too light on processing power. Martyn is already playing with an old Toshiba laptop with Karmic Koala...
I sent this blog post from my Android running HTC Hero. Maybe not as achingly trendy as an iPhone but it is Open so we can write apps to hook up with our ERP if we want.
And as for Windows7...