[ubuntu-uk] What accounting software to recommend

Glen Mehn glen.mehn at oba.co.uk
Fri Oct 22 14:23:52 BST 2010

There's not a whole lot in the linux world which equates to quickbooks 
or sage, unfortunately. It's a massive hole.

OpenERP is a solid but massive bit of software which is likely to be 
overkill. I've had complaints from clients that it's really 
user-unfriendly (and these were accountants, mindyou)

I know of some people who have had good luck with Turbocash (though the 
developers are a bit odd, and I think the UK chart of accounts is fairly 
limited...). There's also Postbooks, which apparently *looks* the 
easiest and cleanest to me, but I've as yet not had a chance to try it 
out properly.

There's a wikipedia page on "comparison of accounting systems" which may 
help you out.

I would personally be interested to hear what your mate's reaction to 
the software is, once he has one.


On 22/10/10 13:49, Will Bickerstaff wrote:
>> For single user, very small businesses try GnuCash: http://www.gnucash.org/
>> For larger organisations I'd go with something like OpenERP:
>> http://www.openerp.com/
>> Al
> Thanks Alan, I'll have a look at these two and find out which Sage
> he's using, I'll probably give him both and let him decide which best
> suits his requirements. I don't think scalability is a high priority
> so am hoping to find something that he will be most comfortable with
> when making the transition.
> Something that behaves similarly would be ideal, think transition from
> MSO to OOO, not AutoCAD - QCAD (Which I've found nearly impossible)
> though I've just found
> http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/09/free-autocad-clone-draftsight-coming-to-linux/
> which looks interesting.
> Like I say, I'm  not an accounting type, so will give him a few to try
> so as he can make up his own mind. I don't want to give him too much
> choice and up confusing the guy or give him something that is so
> alien, that he simply doesn't bother trying to learn it.
> A quick search has given me some hint that it may be possible to get
> his sage stuff in to either of these apps so thanks again.

Glen Mehn
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