Quick Books / Quicken & Desktop Publishing

Martin Owens doctormo at gmail.com
Mon Nov 3 23:42:07 GMT 2008

> I have a client that is interested in a linux laptop.  She will need
> two apps that I don't have direct experience with.  Something like
> Quick Books or Quicken (Gnucash?, KMyMoney?).  And some kind of
> desktop publishing type software (Scribus?).  Any one have experience
> with any?

I've had experience with Quick Books and Desktop Publishing.

For home accounting you can go with GnuCash or KMyMoney or which ever of
the accounting programs in the repository seems easier.

For commercial(read:business) accounting either for small or medium
sized firms you _could_ still go with GnuCash it does have some of the
required advanced features. But there is also other packages which are
server set-ups which allow you to set up an accounting website for the
business. Overkill for a single person doing home financials though.

Failing those, I got Quick Books to work in a VirtualBox windows xp for
my Father in-law.

Now to desktop publishing... I use inkscape a lot, because I do most of
my work in vector drawing anyway, it'll export to pdf and it's native
format is svg.

Scribus, OpenOffice Draw and I think there is another are all more
format, publishing driven (rather than drawing driven) programs. Most of
them will export to pdf and postscript. Ultimately it depends on what
the job is this person has to do.

Best Regards, Martin Owens

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