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Ask the Experts: Accounting Software for Linux

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| Tim Kissane responds: I have used Gnucash and Kmymoney in the past. Both have 
| been satisfactory. There is another package called HomeBank that may be 
| simpler for home use. You might also want to look at Quasar, Lazy8 Ledger, 
| and TurboCASH. Some of these will import CSV files, but the format will have 
| to be massaged. Others will need a script (in Perl or Python) to convert the 
| CSV into QIF.     



Geek Ranch Accounting Solution

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| The system design itself is very interesting. There is a KDE-based client
| which talks to a Postgres database. The client (which is the same for all the
| products) is just the user interface. All the business logic is implemented
| as functions in the database. There is no server code outside the database.


Five accounting apps for Linux

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| One of the most often heard complaints from users looking to migrate to Linux
| is that there are no good accounting applications. To be fair, there is a
| degree of truth in that concern. At least there was, until now.
| There are now a number of good accounting applications available for Linux,
| no matter whether you’re looking for a personal finance manager for your home
| budget or something to keep your small business finances in check. So, if
| you’re in the market for an accounting application that won’t break the bank,
| grab your bank statements and check out these five apps.


South African sister companies praise Linux-based accounting program

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| Gospel Direct and Maranatha Record Co., sister companies based in South
| Africa, have exercised their faith in a Linux-based accounting program.


OpenLX and KalCulate pair Linux distro with proprietary accounting app

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| The India-based OpenLX distribution comes with the KalCulate accounting
| package (not to be confused with the Kalculate calculator). The application
| is closed source and proprietary, though bundled with a free-libre operating
| system. Therefore, KalCulate is clearly positioned on pricing and usage
| advantages, not on freedom. Bundled with OpenLX it costs 500 Indian rupees,
| or about $13, making it more affordable than similar software from large,
| monopolistic operators. This price gets you a two-month trial version of
| KalCulate; after that time, you must enter a license key.

| [...]
| OpenLX Edge 2.0 uses KDE 3.5 and has the option of GNOME or the lighter
| desktops. It was created to be a GNU/Linux suited for Indian language
| speakers, so OpenLX comes with the SCIM (Smart Common Input Method) utility
| installed even in KDE, which enables the use of many Indian languages, such
| as Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu. Unfortunately, SCIM froze repeatedly on
| both the desktop and the laptop.



Punching the Clock with GNU/Linux

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| At the bottom line, accounting and payroll solutions for GNU/Linux
| do exist. In cases where native solutions are not suitable,
| GNU/Linux users can still use hosted webservices to manage
| payroll. Since around 60% of the SMB relies on outsource
| payroll vendors, the key to helping these customers migrate
| to GNU/Linux will be for hardware manufactures and outsource
| payroll vendors to work together to make the software available
| and, beyond that, to promote it as another option for their
| customers. Meanwhile, businesses using or migrating to GNU/Linux
| will be best served working through webhosted services.
| Additionally, businesses also need to communicate with their
| accounting and payroll vendors that they expect GNU/Linux support.


Accounting software has come a long way under Linux

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| In the past week, we've covered GnuCash, SQL-Ledger, Ledger,
| KMyMoney, and doing your accounting old-school style using free
| software spreadsheet applications. While it's clear that each
| method has its advantages and limitations, it's obvious that
| accounting under Linux is in much better shape than it was just
| a few years ago.


Open source accounting sees new symbol

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| Lack of a business-grade accounting system tailored for Australia's
| onerous taxation system has long kept even the most die-hard
| Linux fans tied to Windows, but all that is set to change with
| the open source SYMBOL Accounting.
| The brainchild of Perth accountant Edward Metcalfe, Surf Your Money
| Books Online, or SYMBOL, is a Web-based accounting and payroll
| system developed on the Linux, Apache, PostgreSQL, and Perl
| (LAPP) platform.

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