At Belay Software we think technology is supposed to enrich and make peoples lives more organized and less stressful. Unfortunately what has happened is the exact opposite, computers and their software programs cause people more frustration and anxiety than ever before. Our philosophy is quite simple:
We need to travel from point A: to point B: The distance between the two places is 30 miles. We decide to build a space shuttle, launch ourself into orbit and then land back down at our destination. Although we did accomplish the task it was a complete waste of time, money and resources. We could have used a truck, car or even a bicycle (if we wanted the added benefit of exercise), any of which would have been more appropriate in this example.
Computer software is no different. We have worked with many companies who have bought software way beyond any need they will ever have and it has cost them fortune to use and maintain. Today there are many inexpensive and free solutions out there that can be leveraged to solve your needs. Operating systems, office suites, and database programs come in all flavors today and they are very mature and robust. While there was a time when using FOSS1 meant unstability and making sacrifices, this is no longer the case.