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Old 02-02-2004, 02:49 PM   #1
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Does Linux have a Property Management app?


My boss would like to switch to our company to Linux but for one problem: We use a Property Management program called Yardi. We are currently running it on WinXP-HomeEd from a server to four workstations, each of which runs WinXP. We're willing to drop Yardi if we can find something similar that could run on Linux. We've looked at the "table of equivalents" for Windows apps, but so far haven't found a solution or a Windows emulator like Wine that Yardi can run on.

We wouldn't mind a dual-boot setup, except that we have to be able to be online while running Yardi simultaneously. We can't be rebooting constantly to switch from one OS to the other (Is there a way to switch from Linux to Windows and vice-versa on-the-fly, without rebooting?)

We'd be willing to pay for the Property Management software if we could just get away from all the expenses and problems of Windows in general. Any ideas?

Siri Amrit
 
Old 02-02-2004, 03:04 PM   #2
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You can check out Win4Lin, it lets you run a windows environment inside Linux. You still need Windows, and the app. Check out CodeWeavers Crossover Office. It offers a free trial, so you can see if it installs the app and works.

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Old 02-03-2004, 09:51 AM   #3
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Thanks! Those are great suggestions.

Siri Amrit
 
Old 02-03-2004, 01:49 PM   #4
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You might also consider doing a quick search at Freshmeat and Sourceforge.
 
Old 11-17-2004, 11:55 PM   #5
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Sorry to come into this thread late, but I just noticed your post starting this thread...

I am using Yardi Professional Property Management with the Custom Module for New York on 5-7 win clients+win2k server.

I am looking for exactly the same thing. I have come up with not very much.

As far as running Yardi through a program like Crossover Office, I have yet to try it, but given that the only persons I ever saw try that, ended up attempting to start the program with a bunch of switches and flags. See here: http://www.winehq.org/hypermail/wine...3/01/0981.html and since Crossover Office uses wine, I would imagine that it would have the same output. They did find a solution though, which is nice to see.

there is also this choice: http://www.gnosio.com/ - they seem to be running an open source solution on a subsciption basis. who knows if its even maintained anymore.

I realize that wine is getting improved upon every day, but it is doubtful that it would useful in this capacity being that Yardi is accounting software mainly and the integrity of data (very valuable accounting data) is easily lost/corrupted even on it's native platform.

I think the best solution, unfortunately, for the property management company is to develop a web based app on their own, to suit their needs. Their costs to run it would be much lower if the platform didn't matter. A scalable solution to feed to whatever client OS they wanted to use. But that is not really very cost efficient in the end due to development costs.

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for fear of going on way too long, I will stop there. I have researched some on the subject and would be glad to hear your thoughts.
 
Old 11-18-2004, 12:06 AM   #6
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Welcome to Linuxquestions.org., wiseNoob. Thanks for the information and the links.

Siri Amrit
 
Old 11-28-2006, 06:12 PM   #7
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This is a major BuMp i know, but i was wondering if any solutions have been met reguarding yardi. I too am having similar issues and hope you guys found a way out.
Thanks
 
Old 11-29-2006, 06:11 AM   #8
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The only thing I can fathom is that something like VMWare could be used with WinXP as a guest, and whatever linux desktop can be chosen. I have yet to see anything resembling property management software hit in any way...

That said, it seems that proprietary (ie Yardi) companies are stepping up their use of vendor specific tech - I am presently working out a plan to flush a linux server for a client for Win2003 server. They went and upgraded without bothering to consult with me and now I have to clean up their mess. I am forced to upgrade everything: server, clients, software. A sad state of affairs. Not to mention what it is going to cost them.

If you haven't figured this out already, property management is about a bottom line in addition to having a pension for waiting 10+ years after a new technology has been developed to adopt it. It is the slowest industry I have seen. They do not want to spend $ (even if it is in the long run, cheaper) for tech that works better and is cheaper. They would rather deal with weekly crashes and unrecoverable data than attempt to use anything that is even remotely new. I feel that this is the reason we are not seeing any advancement in property management apps on the GNU side - no pun intended.
 
Old 11-30-2006, 06:20 PM   #9
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Its funny you say that and your 100% correct in my opinion. Yardi 3.2 which is what has been running for years has its own bugs/issues and i cant believe nothing open has been released. I dont know programming languages but i might attemp to learn some php. I think all this can be done with using it. Anyway if something shows up i will let you know.
-Tommy
 
Old 12-18-2006, 12:23 PM   #10
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By all means, learn PHP. I am not a programmer myself, but from what I have researched, your answer *could* be in a Python/PostgresSQL solution. Python for it's ability to handle the math, PostgresSQL because it may do better in a no-fail environment such as accounting related software. It is simply too important not to be like a rock. Also, if Blender can use it for some crazy-a** things it does, then I think it would be perfect for this.

Additionally, research "Double-Entry" accounting ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double-...keeping_system ). This is the way virtually all of the competitive accounting software has been done.
 
Old 05-20-2008, 03:05 PM   #11
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Lightbulb VMWare Interim Solution

I've been looking for property management software running on Linux for several years. What we have settled on is using our Yardi software running under VMWare. This allows most work to be done under Linux with a VMWare window running Windows of some variation (we are no all on Windows XP). With the latest version of VMWare you can use a computer's original installed Windows under a process called FUsion to run in the VMWare window. Obviously, we would all be better off with a true Linux program. There was a Red Hat based version of a professional property management software (I've forgotten the program now) a few years ago, the software was sold to another company that quit the Linux version just before we were ready to make the move. Too bad for Linux users, but at least we didn't make investment only to have lose it.
 
  


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