Leveraging the vast resources available in the open source community will greatly reduce the cost of many solutions. The adoption of a wide range of tools has made some of the open source options standard in many arenas. Below are a few examples of open source projects that Q Alpha recommends and supports:
LinuxLinux has been adopted worldwide primarily as a server platform. Its use as a home and office desktop operating system is also on the rise.
Apache HTTPDApache Web Server was found to be running on more than 70% of the web sites on the Internet in a survey performed by Netcraft Its remarkable stability and wide acceptance make it an excellent choice that is highly cost effective.
MySQLMySQL is another database engine that is considered to be "The world's most popular open source database". It is very fast and is used in an enormous number of data driven web sites.
PHPPHP is a widely-used general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for Web development and can be embedded into HTML.
OpenOfficeOpenOffice is a desktop office suite that contains word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing and database programs. The software is free and will perform many of the functions that costly proprietary office suites will do.
PostgreSQLPostgreSQL is a database engine that bills itself as "the world's most advanced open source database". It contains many of the features found in proprietary database engines costing thousands of dollars.
GIMPThe GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program that has features comparable to expensive proprietary programs of the same scope.
BlenderBlender is an extremely powerful 3D graphics creation package that will aid in 3D modeling and animation. Many of the graphics on this site were created using Blender.
MicrosoftMicrosoft has such a vast list of product offerings that it would be impossible to enumerate them here in a manner that would do them justice. Q Alpha can aid in the implementation of a wide variety of Microsoft's products.
Microsoft Office AccessMicrosoft Office Access helps you track and report information with ease. Get started quickly with prebuilt applications that you can modify or adapt to changing business needs.
Microsoft Visual C#Visual C# is a simple, general-purpose programming language that enables you to build rich, connected Web and client applications on the .NET Framework.
Adobe FlashAdobe Flash Professional software is the industry-leading authoring environment for creating engaging interactive experiences. Deliver to audiences across platforms and devices.
Apache FlexFlex is a highly productive, free open source framework for building and maintaining expressive web applications that deploy consistently on all major browsers, desktops, and operating systems.