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Interview: OrangeHRM--Open Human Resources Management

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| Does your business need to improve its people skills? OrangeHRM is one of the
| most robust human resources management applications around, and it's free and
| open source. Released under the GNU General Public License, it is based on
| PHP, MySQL and Apache HTTP Server. Himath Dissanayake, CTO of OrangeHRM,
| checked in with us on how the application can make a difference for
| businesses.



OrangeHRM Launches version 2.2 of the Open-Source HR Management System

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| OrangeHRM version 2.2 marks the sixth major release of the application since
| February 2006. The software has received more than 55,000 cumulative
| downloads in the last 15 months and is ranked among the 10 most active
| open-source applications by SourceForge. *
| The latest version of OrangeHRM is available free of charge under the GNU GPL
| open-source license free of charge. *


OrangeHRM and the new development model

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| OrangeHRM says it's the world's first open source human resources
| management system.
| Since launching their first beta version, in January 2006, they
| have gotten over 28,500 downloads at SourceForge.


Linux and Open Source: How They Affect HR Professionals

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| Linux and other open source applications are finding increasing acceptance
| in the global marketplace by small and large companies alike. Statistics on
| the growth of a few open source programs-like Apache (a Web server), Linux
| (an operating system), FreeBSD (an operating system), and PostgreSQL (a
| database server)- demonstrate this. This column considers why open source
| is growing so fast, and what it means to human resources professionals.
| [...]
| With the growth in the OSS marketplace, led by Linux, more and more
| companies will be using OSS as a portion of their IT infrastructure,
| particularly in the arena of servers. As more applications become
| Web-based, there will be less and less reason for people to use Windows
| or Macintosh desktop computers. Companies like NumSum.com and Writely
| (just acquired by Google) provide traditional applications akin to Excel
| and Word through a Web browser interface. Windows isn't going away any
| time soon, but its days are numbered. OSS is shrinking Windows lifetime
| for servers and eventually it may do so for desktop machines as well.
| And that should provide interesting developments for all of us to watch.

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