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August 21, 2009

Buntfu.com Upgrades with New Features and Services

Community-based computer vendor Buntfu (Buntfu.com) recently announced that it has incorporated additional features and services into its website, thereby facilitating buyers and sellers of Linux or BSD computers with easy payment options, marketing options and security features.
Launched in February 2008, Buntfu is located at http://www.buntfu.com. It enables anyone or company to list their inventory of GNU/Linux based computers on their auction style store. The site is completely free with no site fees, store fees, or closing cost fees.
Buntfu said that the basic purpose behind the site is to sell a computer that utilizes open source software. The systems listed on the site are completely usable and preconfigured with a complete GNU/Linux desktop or server OS.
Last year, Buntfu had added useful features to its website. Multiple feeds were introduced that enabled people to submit their computer listings in GoogleBase, Froogle, BidFind, Vast.com and over 50 RSS/Ping services automatically. From then, users can list their Linux based computer on the company’s website instead of each individual service listed above, thereby helping in saving time. All computers listed are now automatically syndicated through RSS feeds and shopping / social networking site across the Internet for more easy and convenient marketing.
In order to support many more types of open source operating systems, including many of the popular Linux and BSD distributions, Buntfu overhauled its categories, recently. The category listings now features drill down tabs and menus (similar to ebay), thereby making it more user friendly. Currently, the company has no plans of implementing a “No OS” section to the category list, said Buntfu.
In 2008, Buntfu had announced that it intended to integrate more direct payment options such as GoogleCheckout as part of its next planned upgrade.
Now, Google (News - Alert) Checkout support has been added as a direct payment option, thereby enabling the user to collect payment via Google Checkout, once the PC has been sold.
Apart from Google Checkout, Buntfu currently has seven other direct payment options including Paypal, 2Checkout, Worldpay, NoChex, iKobo, protx, and Authorize.net.
To provide a more secure environment, Buntfu has also introduced enhanced SSL 256bit encryption up gradation in the login and members areas.
Buntfu also added AdBard.net network to provide more support to the open source software community. Social networking buttons have been added for more community interaction along with security badge that reflects SSL encryption. For easy category hopping, tag (News - Alert) clouds have been added throughout the site.
Users can now also import feedback score from Ebay, Yahoo Auctions, OverStock, Amazon, Ebid and more. Manual promotional tools have been provided to advertise personal RSS feeds of listing to RSS services, with just a click.

In addition, the new Twitter feature incorporated will tweet the Buntfu Twitter page when any PC is listed on Buntfu. When, a user configures his/her Twitter settings, it will tweet user’s Twitter page as well whenever they list their PCs.
Buntfu anticipates that the new marketing additions will increase the Web site traffic.

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Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray
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