How Small Business PrintedArt Uses Linux and Open Source

Posted by rendsley on Jan 25, 2012 10:15 PM EDT; By Rikki Endsley
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Sure, Linux is great for big organizations like Google, Facebook, and others, but what about small business? Take a look at PrintedArt. Founded in 2010, PrintedArt is an online shop that sells limited-editions of fine art photography. It now has three full-time and three part-time employees and eight sales representatives. According to President and CEO Klaus Sonnenleiter, Linux and open source play a number of roles in the company's success.

"We started with CentOS initially and our Web service is still run by CentOS," Sonnenleiter explains. "Our internal infrastructure is mostly Ubuntu server." He says the company is considering moving its Web server to Ubuntu, too, to simplify maintenance. is a Drupal site, but Sonnenleiter says that several other content management systems were also evaluated. "Before settling on Drupal, we went through a major evaluation shoot-out between the different CMS options," he explains. "After looking at a fairly large number of options, Joomla, Drupal, Alfresco and Typo3 became the 'finalists'."

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