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You've got it backwards. Penguin-Does supposedly runs Linux apps on Windows. If you're looking to run Win apps on Linux check out WINE or Win4Lin. Otherwise I'd suggest something like cygwin (which works quite nicely, and is developed by the FSF). Cygwin is included, along with a *ton* of other Free Software, in the GNU Win distro. Here's a link --> http://gnuwin.epfl.ch/
As I was just discussing the other day in another thread, you can import data from Quicken into either GnuCash or KMyMoney. KMyMoney is a KDE-based application (which I prefer), but may not be as stable for feature-full as GnuCash. Try both out and see what you think.
I tried GNUCash. I think the program might be fine for someone who used it from the beginning, but it did an incredibly bad job of converting my Quicken data files. I have about 15 yrs of data and it is pretty complicated. It would have taken days to correct, if were even possible.
I will look at KMyMoney if I can find a Mandrake RPM. As I mentioned in a previous post, I have never had any success installing a .tar file.
I'm not quite sure what you mean by "installing a .tar file". If you mean extracting, that should be simple. If it's just ".tar" then do "tar xvf filename.tar". However, I assume you mean compiling source code, as tar (or usually something like ".tar.gz") files usually contain source, rather than precompiled binaries. I've found a lot of problems with source compilation are simply missing "-devel" packages. These packages contain neccessary headers that software needs to compile. A lot of people just leave the entire "Development" branch unchecked in Mandrake, which causes all kinds of probs. In fact, with Mandrake, if you leave this branch unchecked you won't even install gcc, which (as a compiler) is absolutely essential to source compilation.
Anyhow, I'm sorry GnuCash didn't work out for you. I've honestly never used Quicken before, so I've never tried the import feature on GnuCash. Besides KMyMoney, you might also want to check for the *latest* version of GnuCash. It seems to be a fairly active project (2 months between last two releases), so functionality may have improved since the last time you used it.
tk31337: Thanks for the suggestions. I will check them out as soon as I get a few quiet hours. I have no idea what I did or didn't install.
I am inexperienced with Linux and may be using incorrect terms. It seems that installable programs that are not distribution dependent end in .tar.gz. The Wine program I tried to install is Wine-20030709.tar.gz. I also tried "Gimp" and a couple others. They all wound up requesting multiple dependencies I could not supply.
Cerbere: The problem is with securities, No matter the length of time it is required to go to the original purchase to establish the basis. The same with real estate, even your personal residence.