Review: Small Business Accounting Software For Linux - page 4
Replacing Quicken/QuickBooksGnuCash has come a long way since its initial release. Installation used to be a horror of trying to find the right Java runtime and assembling a huge boatload of obscure dependencies. In these here modern time nice package managers like RPM and apt-get do the work for you. GnuCash runs on just about any Unix/Linux and Mac OS X.
GnuCash is licensed under the GPL, and free of cost. It is quite flexible--you may use it as a simple checkbook program, or to track complex finances. It supports both OFX (Open Financial Exchange) and HBCI (Home Banking Computer Information for German bank customers) for importing bank account data. It supports QIF for easy importing of Quicken files. Strangely, it does not support importing delimited text files such as CSV. GnuCash isn't really suitable for managing a complex retail business; use Quasar for that. Its strengths are generating balance sheets, cash flow reports, graphing, tax reports- in short, tracking where your money is coming from, and where it is going.
SummaryThe one task that none of these do is payroll. Quasar offers support contracts; with Moneydance and GnuCash you get good community support. All three run reliably and stably, and because they use open data formats your data will never be held hostage.
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