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Old 12-26-2016, 06:32 PM   #1
Jay Hubb
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Smile What software and operating system is best for accounting?


I want a backup computer when my windows 7 goes down.
What Linux operating system pairs best with a Linux accounting software. Willing to pay a reasonable price for a license. One or two computers for my accounting business.
Thanks Jay
 
Old 12-26-2016, 07:13 PM   #2
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Linux is all about free and open source software (FOSS). If you really want to pay for a program, you can hire a programmer to build something custom for you.

If you'd be satisfied in your business with a free alternative, I'd recommend you check out GnuCash. It will work in any version of Linux that you find appealing. You can learn more about it here.
 
Old 12-26-2016, 08:08 PM   #3
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GNUcash and KMyMoney are probably the leading Linux accounting applications. I haven't used either, as my finances are (sadly) not at all that complex.

Tom Lawrence of SMLR has said on the podcast that he uses KMyMoney for his business; he speaks highly of it.

This article may help: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10-...nancial-tools/

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Old 12-27-2016, 04:52 AM   #4
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Linux is all about free and open source software (FOSS). If you really want to pay for a program, you can hire a programmer to build something custom for you.

If you'd be satisfied in your business with a free alternative, I'd recommend you check out GnuCash. It will work in any version of Linux that you find appealing. You can learn more about it here.
Sorry to disagree but the Free in FOSS has nothing to do with price. There are paid FOSS programs, and different business models to support such programs. Whether there are any commercial Linux FOSS accountancy programs is another question.
 
Old 12-27-2016, 09:15 AM   #5
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This article may be of interest to you.

http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/reviews/5692/1/
 
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Old 12-27-2016, 10:41 AM   #6
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Sorry to disagree but the Free in FOSS has nothing to do with price. There are paid FOSS programs, and different business models to support such programs. Whether there are any commercial Linux FOSS accountancy programs is another question.
Indeed, you are correct. It was not my intent to offer a lesson in licensing structures, only a suggestion of one of the most powerful and popular accounting programs used in the Linux community. GnuCash uses "Free Accounting Software" as both its business tagline and website title, so I don't think it was out of line to point that out. Forgive me if you think otherwise.

There are certainly many commercial accounting programs available that run in Linux. If the OP or anyone else is interested, a fine comparison can be found on Wikipedia where they (not I) draw a distinction between Free and Open Source versus Proprietary software (some of which is further categorized Software as a Service). Disclaimer: I also do not represent Wikipedia to be an exhaustive authority on this topic. There may be other suitable choices available that they do not provide.

Cheers!
 
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Old 12-27-2016, 10:51 AM   #7
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I think it worth pointing out that most programs which run on Linux run on most distributions though you will likely have more luck if you use one of the bigger ones such as CentOS (by Red Hat), Debian (or Ubuntu or Mint based upon it), Fedora (more cutting edge by Red Hat) or something well-supported here like Slackware.
The above goes for most software. That's not to say that some distributions don't have different versions of a particular program at any given time but that's not something which can make a distribution better for a specific type of program.
Possibly the best thing is to install something like Linux Mint install the programs mentioned above and see whether you get what you want. That will give you chance to find out "the Linux way". Even if you find you don't like Mint it doesn't matter as I would expect most people to have installed a few different distros or at least the same one more than once before they feel the system is right. That's not due to anything wrong with Linux, by the way, and once you're done you can go years without a reinstall, it's because as you learn more you think of more things you would like to change, install, reinstall and that usually means it's easier to reinstall and get things just as you want all in one go (in my opinion, at least).
 
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Old 12-27-2016, 11:00 AM   #8
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I use Gnucash for personal purposes, but it's certainly adequate for, and used in practice by, small businesses. KMyMoney would not be adequate for business purposes.

This may be useful
http://linuxappfinder.com/businessandfinance/accounting

Quasar has been around for some time, so they must be getting something right:
http://www.linuxcanada.com/
 
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Old 12-27-2016, 11:29 AM   #9
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I want a backup computer when my windows 7 goes down.
What Linux operating system pairs best with a Linux accounting software. Willing to pay a reasonable price for a license. One or two computers for my accounting business.
Thanks Jay
You don't say what accounting software you're using now, or hint at your level of technical expertise/computer knowledge, so it's hard to say.

As others have said, there are Linux based accounting/cash management systems, but the better question for me is "Why?" If this is your BUSINESS, then you need to use the tools that you're comfortable with, until you know you can make the step to a different platform/software package. If you're currently using Quickbooks Enterprise, and have accounts and other bank-related systems tied in with it...it may make much more sense to stick with that+Windows.

Computers are just a tool to get a job done; anything that gets in the way of getting your job done and servicing your clients (which includes learning new software/systems), is a bad move. If you want to move to save money long-term, the best thing I'd suggest is getting a spiffy new Windows 10 system, and loading VirtualBox on it...load Linux in a virtual machine, and try out the packages. Far easier than dual-booting, and you'll be able to work during the interim. Make sure the packages mentioned fit your needs, and that you can do everything you need to do. Figure out how to migrate your data easily, so when you're READY, you can just load Linux natively, delete Windows, and move forward.
 
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