I'm fairly new into my start up and this would be my first business venture. I can't be too specific, we're trying to put a fairly unique product out into an incredibly crowded market. But, it is web based. I'm the head of the technical side of the business, and with our limited budget I've been looking over the different gpl choices out there. And having dealt with corporate technology for the last few years, I've been out of the loop. I'm glad to see the variety out there. Last time I was heavily involved with the free *nix and gnu software, there were still solid projects and a free version for almost everything you'd want to do, but now there's a ton of choices for everything you want to do.
I'm used spending most of my time fixing code and searching for one that'll fit every need I have or modifying the best to fit them. Instead I've found dozens of free versions that'll fit all of our needs except the unique ones, and I'm having to sort through them all. More of the small companies should start embracing this movement, compared to payed versions we should save a few thousand. And all of our initial budget is coming from our already strapped paychecks. Anyone else in a similar situation?