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I am trying to set up my family with a linux computer instead of a windows, the only thing hold me back however is finding a way to make Quicken run using Wine or finding an alternative. Can someone help me?
I've used Money Dance for the past couple of years and I would recommend that. It does very well as in managing finances. Unless you need some of the more advanced features of Quicken, take a look. It has a test period and can import Quicken files. The purchase price is very reasonable.
It is also cross platform and one license enables you to install to multiple machines.
The reference under linux : Gnucash is very good in my opinion and it's free. It uses the double accounting system, it is reliable and you can track some errors that you may introduce.
My bank can export the data to a format that gnucash can understand.
I haven't really looked at the all the details on how to setup everything properly.
Our business uses an accounting system (AccountEdge) that runs on a Mac and, I think, is written in Java. Our CPA, ordinarily a QuickBooks fiend, likes it ... and we like that.
Business accounting systems are actually rather easy to find, and if they run in Java they should be platform-agnostic. (Although you want to find one that says it supports Linux, so that the tech-support folks won't look at you strangely if you call them with a question.)
Find a CPA, and find out what he or she wants. If need be, buy a cheap computer to run what they specify.
If you truly have nothing more to do than to "balance your checkbook" as a single individual, just use a spreadsheet. It works just as well, and there are plenty of models out there which you can use.
Last edited by sundialsvcs; 12-28-2012 at 09:04 AM.