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Old 11-18-2003, 02:37 AM   #1
chado
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Accouting software holding back linux switch


Ok,

Here is the problem.

A few years ago (Mandrake 7.0 rls time) I was running linux full time on all my boxes, no questions asked. Good old KDE 1.X and mandrake 7.0 and netscape for browsing. I was happy, missed a few windows apps (never tried wine) but I got by.

Fast forward to now:

I have two computers at present, will be adding a laptop shortly. I have a small computer business, I do my accounting/book keeping in Quickbooks 2002 pro. This only runs in windows, I use MS office for my books as its compatible with everything everyone else is running that sends me stuff (excel spreadsheets for pricing, publisher doc's for flyers...you get the idea)

Now my other box is running slackware full time, has no monitor / keyboard etc; and serves my files databases etc;

Now I have been toying with the idea of turning this box into a linux machine and using it as a desktop again, its a pretty serious computer and I dont want to "waste" it by not being able to do all the stuff it can do...so I am hoping someone can tell me how well wine or these other programs that let you use windows work, and if I will be able to run everything in them, or only somethings or what and how exaclty they work? Still need a windows partition to install all my junk on?

Anyway any help/suggestions are appreciated. I will be getting a laptop in the spring / end of winter ( I've had 3 in the past just sell them when I dont need anymore) and the only winblows app I will need to run is an electrical circuitry program for my engineering classes at school. But I am thinking that there might be something similar for linux (the proggie I use is called workbench)

Anyway... I'm listening

Chado
 
Old 11-20-2003, 02:32 AM   #2
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sorry that I write like you're a newb, I always do that.....really makes my techie friends irritated

first off-If you use linux you should know that you have to give up software sometimes. I'm sure there's good accounting software for linux...I mean, it's so geared towards business I don't see how they could get around without one.
Secondly-Wine will run windows apps but in many cases it's not completely stable and it is accounting we're talking about.
Thirdly-You need to do some searching on your own.
Make a list of every single little windows program you use (or all your needs you have) and then google for the windows alternative.
Search sourceforge for quickbooks, there's kbooks(in alpha stage) but it doesn't say it will take in quickbooks files.

there's my advice....hoped it helped a little...
 
Old 11-20-2003, 10:34 AM   #3
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Yo bro. Check out win4lin. It's not free, and I think it costs $100 or so. It's what got me through my windows-linux conversion a year ago.

Unlike WINE, win4lin actually installs a version of Windows on the box and tricks it into thinking it's on a fat32 filesystem. It runs all software out there flawlessly since it is an actual windows installation. Only problem is that it won't do directx and lacks some device support. But from what you're descibing, I think it'll fit your need perfectly!

However, if you're a purist and want to stay all Linux, I hear great things about Quasar. http://www.linuxcanada.com/quasar.html
 
Old 11-20-2003, 10:55 AM   #4
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Have you looked at Gnu-Cash. It seems to be a pretty good accounting program. I am currently using it to take care of accounts for my son's Boy Scout troop.
 
Old 11-20-2003, 10:59 AM   #5
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From what I've seen, Gnu-cash is great, but lacks the complexity that is needed for small business solutions.
 
Old 11-20-2003, 06:32 PM   #6
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Hrm, I am going to take a look at both those options.

Those are my #1 concern (being able to run my business that pays my computer toy bills)

#2 concern is being able to take advantage of my current hardware. I notice 9/10 linux desktop users are using slightly outdated hardware (no offence) I seen a tv program so my 9800 AIW Radeon will have tv support for my tuner I assume? But its a direct x 9 card and obviously that wont work. Open Gl will though right? What will I have for games ? NWN / Wolfenstein 3d (return to castle...) / Quake 3/ UT2003 ?

And frozen bubble. Lol.

But seriously Hrm, I'm still picking out my laptop (see thread in laptop section) and depending on what I go with will depend on if I run linux on it or not. I wish linux was at the same timeline gaming/device supporting as windows is...but it just isn't. Linux has always and will always (IMHO) kill windows server side. But for desktop I'm just having trouble justifying this.

Maybe I'll build a second desktop pc, I have a coupon from the ICC (Intel Channel Conference) to get myself a P4-3.0/800MHZ FSB and a new Intel mobo based on 865 chipset for 219$USD (package) I'm considering buying it.

But then what would I be using the box for? If my main machine does all my junk.

Bah. Driving me nuts.

Chado
 
Old 11-20-2003, 07:37 PM   #7
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Well I got motivated and grabbed KNOPIX 3.3 after thinking a bit, (I have an older version I use to test equipment when I am buying it by the skid ie; old laptops...great way to see if they work

Anyway, 3.3 is the latest and I booted heres what I got (or didn't get)

My SB audigy 2 was detected but modprobe failed, rebooted this time I remembered to disable PNP OS in the bios.

Failed again, Ok so no sound. I didn't bother seeing if it had tv tuner software since I have no sound.

Ok..np I can live without sound I'm sure theres a workaround.

Lets just go on the net and browse around (read this forum as to other peopel exp. with audigy 2 etc

Oh wait...didn't detect my network card...now I come back on here and notice alot of other people have the same problem with the NIC I am trying to use

(onboard actually, I have the Asus P4C800-E Deluxe mobo with 3com/intel gigabit lan adapter)

Anyway...after finding out I have no network, no sound, and not caring if my tuner worked or not as soundless tv bites...

I rebooted back to winblows xp gah.

Maybe its just not ready for the "desktop" yet. If I was doing more developing then I am now I'd be running it, but I wouldn't even need a desktop...I'm happy with console...and I can do that on my server with putty.



Oh well. Maybe I wont upgrade this computer so quickly next time (I just upgraded it from a p4 2.4 256M 1066MHZ rambus ram...small raid array 2x30...etc; etc and when it becomes "old" and everything is supported I'll switch over ;/


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