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Old 08-11-2014, 06:23 PM   #1
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Greetings All,
I'm retired, 66 years old, in good shape. I'm a Ham Radio opertator - WB6TA and just got my GMRS license - WQUJ358, I have lived in Hayward, CA in the same house we purchased on the 70s. I retired from the water company's, EBMUD, sewer treatment plant as a plant maintenance mechanic after 21 years.

I recently upgraded my desk top computer with two HDDs, one SSD, and the other an older HD. I have Windows 7 on the SSD and Ubuntu on the other one.

I switch back and forth between OSs everyother day or so. One of the main reason I am still doing that is because I keep ALL my record on Quicken 2012. I have about 35 years worth of recordes I don't want to loose.

My goal is to either get Quicken working in Ubuntu or transfer the files to a Linux based program. I think I tried once a while back, but it failed... :-/

I would love to do a one on one with someone who is in the know that I could chat with.

Also...I couldn't get my webcam to work on Facebook in Ubuntu either... O'well.

Terry
 
Old 08-11-2014, 07:46 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ, Terry.

How much RAM do you have on your system?
You could run Quicken in a Virtualbox install of Windows...
 
Old 08-11-2014, 07:57 PM   #3
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Hi have 6Gb ram, Not familur with Virturalbox, I have installed Wine and have a few programs running in that.. I will have google it... Thanks for your reply and information. Have a great week! Terry
 
Old 08-11-2014, 09:04 PM   #4
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I recently migrated from Quicken 2011 on XP to GnuCash on Fedora 19. Quicken was extorting an upgrade to 2014, which would have required a new computer for me. I am glad I did it, as I swore they'd not do that to me again after I was forced to move up from 2008.

That said, there is no easy migration tool from Quicken to GnuCash. I ended up using bank QIF/Qfx exports to initialize the GnuCash accounts. I left my 10 years Quicken as an archive on the XP. A clean cut-off from Jan 1, 2014 onwards.

There is an on-line bank download-match capability. Unfortunately it only works with banks and credit union. Investment brokers do not work.

All said I am satisfied with GnuCash.
 
Old 08-11-2014, 09:04 PM   #5
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better yet just import your quicken data directly into gnucash
 
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Old 08-11-2014, 09:57 PM   #6
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"better yet just import your quicken data directly into gnucash"

Thanks for the suggestions, but the last two post were a little over my head... Virtualbox looks interesting...I'm on their site reading through the information.
 
Old 08-11-2014, 10:00 PM   #7
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better yet just import your quicken data directly into gnucash
Yes you can import Quicken QIF or csv files to GnuCash, but it is very messy and requires alot of clean up or preparation.

Hence I chose to start afresh on a cut-over date.
 
Old 08-12-2014, 09:05 AM   #8
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"better yet just import your quicken data directly into gnucash"

Thanks for the suggestions, but the last two post were a little over my head... Virtualbox looks interesting...I'm on their site reading through the information.
Virtualbox is the long way around...not only is it going to be slower, you will still have to PAY FOR Windows and Quicken...and their upgrade cycles...just to use them. Gnucash is FREE:
http://www.gnucash.org/

...will work faster since it's Linux-native, and really shouldn't be a problem to learn how to use. If you look at the Gnucash documentation, there are steps that will let you import your Quicken data:
http://wiki.gnucash.org/wiki/FAQ#Q:_...ken.28TM.29.3F

If things are 'over your head', the best place to start is with the documentation/instructions, then asking for clarifications here. That way, you'll have a base of knowledge to be able to ask a question, and be better able to understand the answers.
 
Old 08-12-2014, 11:25 AM   #9
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Transferring data from Quicken to Gnucash is not rocket science! And you only have to do it once. Here's an account of the process:
http://nixmash.com/linux/quicken-to-...cken-accounts/
And don't forget to visit
http://wiki.gnucash.org/wiki/GnuCash
 
Old 08-12-2014, 04:11 PM   #10
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Quicken actually works quite well with WINE (or at least as well as it does with Windows ), no VirtualBox + Windows necessary, though that works too, as does the GnuCash alternative... but I would second the opinion that it is better to start fresh with GnuCash, or KMyMoney (which is also good) rather than trying to import the data via QIF.
 
Old 08-17-2014, 06:06 PM   #11
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I installed GnuCash. I have four accunts I used in Quicken, Bank, Visa, Mastercard and Credit Union. While I was logged into quicken/Bank I downloaded a QIF file to a thumb dive. Restarted in Ubuntu, opened GnuCash, loaded the QIF file, just chose all the defaults until it finished.

Now...when I open the Bank file in GnuCash, it seems all my transactions are there BUT I can not get the same look/screen that I have on Quicken. In GnuCash on the right side of the window I seem to just get a running total. In quicken, I would have the same figure on the right side as I would on my paper ledger... I wonder if I can supply some screen shots of the difference....

Terry
 
Old 08-17-2014, 06:29 PM   #12
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I installed GnuCash. I have four accunts I used in Quicken, Bank, Visa, Mastercard and Credit Union. While I was logged into quicken/Bank I downloaded a QIF file to a thumb dive. Restarted in Ubuntu, opened GnuCash, loaded the QIF file, just chose all the defaults until it finished.

Now...when I open the Bank file in GnuCash, it seems all my transactions are there BUT I can not get the same look/screen that I have on Quicken. In GnuCash on the right side of the window I seem to just get a running total. In quicken, I would have the same figure on the right side as I would on my paper ledger... I wonder if I can supply some screen shots of the difference....
First, congratulations on making the leap, and getting things going....but what can we help you with??? Gnucash is NOT Quicken...the two are different, which is why they look/behave differently.

This is much like saying "I just bought a new Chevrolet pickup truck...but the radio is in a different spot than in my Ford truck!!"
 
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Old 08-17-2014, 07:23 PM   #13
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In GnuCash, the totals in the right side of the register/screen doesn't correctly show how much money is really there, like when you enter a transaction and post it in your check book paper ledger and subtract, you know exactly how much you have left... That's the way Q works..

I was thinking in GC that there might be a different "VIEW" or setting. BUT maybe GC when it translates the QIF file not all is exact. Maybe I might have to do some editing to the number OR something to get it like my paper register..

Terry
 
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