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First, the disclaimer: I have not read all 200 pages of posts in this thread, so I apologize in advance if I am repeating things already said ad nauseam.
Rather than mentioning specific programs, my request is for more programs geared for the small - but not home - business - particularly retail. My experience of looking at various programs over the past year has been that there is a lot of software for home users, a fair amount for home businesses, consultants (who probably wrote them), and a good bit of programs designed for the enterprise. But for the 2-3 person retail store who buys and sells some stuff, and buys other stuff and combines it into something to sell, there isn't a lot.
The best example I can think of right now is the oft-mentioned Quickbooks. Some programs are a lot closer than they were to being equivalent, but are still not there. Most financial programs seem to be trying to "compete" with Quicken, but there are many types of small businesses that Quicken isn't really suited to - that's why they use Quickbooks instead. It does all of the things I mentioned above - but (for me) there's too many quirks that i can't stand. Besides, I want to get completely rid of Windows.
Another area that is an issue sometimes is installing the software. One of the (very few) good things about Windows is that the software installation process has become easy (I know at times it's too easy, but that's another thread). For the most part, stick the disk in, answer a few questions, and it is taken care of. Linux software that comes in rpm or deb format generally does this well. But there's still a lot - particularly, it seems, in the category I'm looking for - that either require you to compile the software, or to set up other software (such as a database) before you try to install that particular program.
I would be perfectly happy to help develop some of this software - but for those of us who own this type of business, a good week is only 75 hours working. So there is not the time.
This is not meant to be a rant - but something that I hope someone somewhere can address. We use Linux for everything we can, and would love to dump Windows completely. Hopefully we'll get there someday - but we're not there yet.
Sorry about the length of this!
Distribution: Debian Wheezy/Jessie/Sid, Linux Mint DE
You are very much right asking for those retail programs. Especially since super-low-power, super small size, perfectly suited for point-of-sale become more and more available, but... for Linux. (Recently my colleague searched for such a device, skipped the Linux machines, and ended up with an AMD 64-something)
Such devices running Linux are available with VIA or AMD processors consuming 5 or 10 watts. Either with Flash Ram or hard disk.
Regarding installation, you are right about the slightly more complicated process in Linux. Those boxes I mentioned come mostly with Ububtu pre-installed.
I would like to see the FastStone screen capture tool ported for Linux. It will save a scrolling website as an image file as opposed to a video like Istanbul or VLC. It will run on Wine, but is very buggy. I'd be willing to pay for it, for sure.