If youÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢re a Hosting Trek member, you can expect something extra with
your monthly “Empowering E-Business” magazine. The Hosting Trek / SpivO
Business Resource CD-ROM. Prior to Hosting TrekÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s separation from
founding company, Spider Trek Technologies, Inc., plans were in place
to organize a software CD as a free benefit to the many members of
HostingTrek.com. Once taken over by Hosting TrekÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s new owner, the
software project was put on the forefront at full speed. However,
finding the software was a task Hosting Trek was not able to deal with.
discovery is not an easy task.” An expert from Hosting TrekÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s monthly
“Empowering E-Business Magazine” explains, “You canÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t just look online
for ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Business SoftwareÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ and assemble a resource. First you have to find
the software, test its compatibility, and sometimes acquire
distribution rights.” To handle the task, Hosting Trek turned to former
sister company, SpivO. Recently bought by Ybor City Telco, SpivO agreed
to take on the task of software discovery. SpivO search, being an open
source software advocate, already had the contacts in place to assemble
such a resource, leaving Hosting Trek with the duties of acquiring
The Hosting Trek software resource includes
the Open Office Professional office suite, Anti-virus software with
lifetime of free updates, Professional Web Editor, theGIMP Photo Suite,
a PDF (Adobe Acrobat Compatible File) creator, Systems Online/SCT
Inc.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s, Free Accounting Software, and other useful applications.
Hosting Trek expresses boldly in its magazine that “these
[applications] are not demos, trial versions, or limited editions. All
software is in its complete, fully functional, full license format.
some of the software is open source and licensed under the GPL/GUI
license, Hosting Trek had to acquire rights from other software
authors. An entire section of “Empowering E-Business MagazineÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s”
February 2005 edition is dedicated to a closed license application
titled “Free Accounting 220.127.116.11”. Free Accounting was developed by
Systems Online/SCT Inc., as a complete bookkeeping and accounting
application. Its simplicity and classy design gives it a professional
reputation shared only by its “pay-for” competitors such as Quickbooks
of Intuit, Inc. Systems Online also has other professional grade
software applications for businesses which integrate with Free
Regardless who the user is; Hosting TrekÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s members
are sure to find something valuable in this Free Business Resource CD.
While users are receiving the benefits of these powerful applications,
Hosting TrekÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s partner in this project, SpivO, will be giving the
benefit of spreading the word of Open Source Software. SpivO released
in their January 20th press release, “The resource CD we worked on for
Hosting Trek is not a promotional freeby. For us, itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s a way to show
the business community that Free and Open Source Software is out there.
And they [the software] possess the same usability and functional power
as the competing commercial programs.” The first resource CD is
available in Windows only since most Linux users are already familiar
with open source software sources. However, A Mac version of the
resource CD is underway.