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Old 02-02-2004, 07:25 AM   #1
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Microsoft Money

I used to use Microsoft Money to help manage all my money issues. I stopped using it, mostly because I didn't like the fact that you could sign in with your Passport.

Is there an Open Source alternative that anyone can recommend, I would feel a lot safer with an Open Source product.
Old 02-02-2004, 11:20 AM   #2
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Try GnuCash. It comes with most linux distros.
Old 02-02-2004, 11:51 AM   #3
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If you don't like Gtk apps, there's KMyMoney as well. It's KDE based (obviously). It ships with some distros as well, but here's a couple links to download to install yourself:

KMyMoney --
GnuCash --

From what I've seen KMyMoney is probably better for personal finances, as GnuCash has a transactions-based system that can be confusing and is more complex than you may need. I'm not sure how mature KMyMoney is though. I've used GnuCash extensively and it seems very stable, but I believe KMyMoney is newer, and therefore possibly less stable.

Anyhow try both out and see what works for you. Great way to find software, btw, is through (i.e search for "financial software", GnuCash is mentioned on the page of the first search result)

Oh yeah, and if you still have your finances stored, you can import it into GnuCash, as it supports both Quicken and MS Money file formats. Although, afaik, KMyMoney only supports Quicken. Theoretically, if you really wanted to use KMyMoney with MS Money format, you could always import into GnuCash and save, and then KMyMoney can import files from GnuCash native format :-)
Old 02-02-2004, 12:31 PM   #4
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I've used MS Money and there isnt anything similar in OS. Gnucash is really all there is, and I've used it altho it's reports are somewhat limited and creating your own involves a steep learning curve.
Unless KMyMoney has gone thru extensive development in the last three months then don't bother. I don't consider it to be at a level where it can be called a 'working' programme.
Old 02-04-2004, 11:55 AM   #5
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Thx a lot, I did Google for financial apps and it did come back with GNUcash. I will give that a go as I prefer GNOME enviroment.

I have made the choice to port evrything of my XP machine onto Linux.

Over the weekend I beleived I had the mydoom.a or .b virus but disinfection proves that I had neither, problem is I still have something as my XP machine is not playing ball. (Mental Note: never download cracks again)

F-secure decides to malfuction on boot up, Explorer decides to just hang and doing an Iptraf on my linux gateway shows pages and pages of connections spawning from my XP machine.

Luckily I managed to get into MSN messenger, click 'Send File' and share folders out to copy across using Samba, Thank God, 12GB of MP3's are now saved no thx to Microsoft.

The only XP app I am going to miss now is Winamp but luckily Wine/Codeweavers has solved that. I think I need reminding why I ever used XP in the first place
Old 02-04-2004, 12:50 PM   #6
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You can use xmms instead of winamp. Only problem with RH is that they didn't include mp3 support for legal reasons. Just download and install the rpm to give xmms mp3 capability

All the other major linux distros incude mp3 support out of the box and xmms is probably the most poular mp3 player in linux.
Old 02-04-2004, 02:36 PM   #7
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yeah, unless you're using winamp 5 you'll be pretty happy w/xmms. i'm using it right now to listen to some streaming radio in .pls format that's supposedly "only compatible with winamp." and i think you can use winamp skins and stuff w/it


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