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I've been using wine and/or Crossover Office from Code Weavers to run the few Windows based programs I've chosen not to do without for several years, with very happy results. Not to denigrate in any way the work done by the folks at WineHQ, as without their prodigious efforts, Crossover Office would not be as successful as it is, but, largely because they specialize in getting the most popular Windows based programs to work on Wine, I have had the happiest experiences as I migrated through the various Linux distributions, getting Microsoft Office and Quicken 98 to work on my box. I currently run on Fedora 10, 220.127.116.11-170.2.72.fc10.i686.PAE kernel.
I can almost hear you gasp, "Quicken 98!!?" Well, .... yes! Quicken 98. It was and still is an excellent financial program for the individual home user. Although I lost the ability to import data directly from Quicken 98 into TurboTax or TaxCut at least five years ago, I was still too frugal and stubborn to send more money to Intuit.
However, a couple of weeks ago, as I poked around the web looking for the latest evolutions in Doze-to-nix efforts, I happened on a review of Quicken Deluxe 2009. Impressed a bit, I got an impulse-hair, and downloaded a copy of it from Amazon for a pretty good price, $23.74 US, including tax. Then I set about installing it on my cxoffice-v7.1.0. Arrghh!! Curses abounded!! I could Not get it to run after installing. I first tried a winxp bottle, but it took three tries to even get it to install without errors. I blew away that bottle, and then tried the win2000 bottle. It installed without errors, but when I tried to launch it, I consistently got the error message, something to the affect, "Quicken encountered a serious error. No data was lost, but Quicken needs to be reinstalled." I visited the CodeWeavers site and found that several people were experiencing the same problem. I also found that one fellow was successful on the latest version, crossover-standard-8.0, but that he only gave it a bronze rating, which was to say that it worked.... sort of.
So, I downloaded crossover-standard-8.0.0-1.i386.rpm, and installed it. Then I tried again. Voila! Success! So far, everything works, and I'm really impressed with the One Step Update feature, where it contacts your financial institution, with an easy setup process, and downloads transactions directly into your running QW09 program. Those of you who have been using the newer versions of Quicken might be chuckling to yourselves, but the leap from QW98 to QW2009 is significant.
Then, just for jollies, I tried to install it on wine. After first setting up winecfg to run as Win2000, I installed QW09DLX.exe on wine-1.1.23-1.fc10.i386 successfully, and experienced repeated problems with the initial setup, first screen entered after booting QW09. After making even one entry on the setup screen, the cpu useage indicator would jump to 100%, and the entire computer would bog down, and eventually freeze so that not even the mouse would move.
I confess that sometimes patience is not my long suite. And when I've only allotted myself one hour to dink with the computer before I need to do other things, 10 minutes is excruciating! Perhaps, if I had had enough time to just leave it and come back in half an hour or an hour, maybe it might have worked itself out of whatever it thought was so intense. Perhaps! But, I'll never know.
Since I already had a completely working installation of QW09 in my .cxoffice directory, I just copied the drive_c/Program Files/Quicken/qdata.qdf file from that installation to the .wine/drive_c/Program Files/Quicken directory, and tried it. It works, ....sort of. It will still get bogged down randomly. It doesn't follow any particular pattern, such as when I try this function or that. Just randomly, it will bog down, and the cpu useage indicator will go completely blue, and indicate 100% cpu useage. But, I no longer have to reboot the computer to get out of it. I just use the force-quit option, and it will free itself from whatever the hangup is.
Also, only when using the wine installation of QW09, after I have exited from the program, I find that I can't get it to launch again. When I check the active processes, I find that QW.exe, explorer.exe, wine, and wine server are still running. If I manually force each of them to quit, then I can re-launch the program. I have not submitted a bug-report on this, yet, but I intend to.
So, for those who don't want to purchase Crossover Office, and want to try to slog it out using wine, if you have access to another computer running Windows, or if you dual-boot with Windows, install QW2009 on your Windows box, and copy the Qdata.qdf file from the Quicken directory into your wine installation as I described above, and you might be able to get a working installation good enough to work out whatever other glitches you might experience.
For my experience, running QW09 on crossover-standard-8.0 is a happy experience.