Gnucash for Android release candidate

Muslim Chochlov muslim.chochlov at
Fri Oct 26 11:21:11 EDT 2012


There are numerous expense tracking apps on the android market. Most
of them offer various export options regardless of a backend to which
the data is saved. However, this generic approach is their advantage
and drawback at the same time. It allows them to target a wider range
of accounting software but in many cases makes import operation to be
quite a mess. GnuCash is a classic desktop application an it needed a
link to a growing world of mobile applications via frontend mobile
app. The mobile app should have had clear and GnuCash-cut import
procedure which would not put too much overhead on an end user. Those
were two main considerations behind gsoc project.
GnuCash Mobile is not GnuCash, however it is not an absolutely alien
third-party app as well. I suppose we could look at it as a GnuCash
desktop extension into mobile area. A frontend that collects and
stores temporal data for later export into desktop app, where all
magic happens.

Having all above said, I think subdomain should not be used to
represent GnuCash mobile. A left side section with a disclaimer (what
is and what for is used mobile app), link to a mobile app page, and
link to source code sounds more appropriate to me. It could look like:
"GnuCash mobile"
- About
- Official page
- Source code
Suppose in this way we will not confuse users about what Gnucash and
Gnucash Mobile are. Furthermore, we will keep users informed that
GnuCash mobile is officially supported and they can report bugs and
have their issues resolved.


On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 11:41 AM, Geert Janssens
<janssens-geert at> wrote:
> Sorry Ngewi, for some reason I missed your question on the website
> organisation.
> My first thought was that is would be a nice idea to use a
> subdomain.
> While thinking it through more thouroughly, I am not sure. While GnuCash for
> Android is really meant as a companion app to GnuCash on desktop, it is a
> completely independent project. With that I mean:
> - it doesn't share any code (it's even written in a totally different
> language)
> - it's not using the same source repository
> - it's not using the same bug tracker
> - it has different policies regarding patch submission,...
> These are all fine by the way. But my feeling is that there is not
> sufficient behind-the-scenes integration to warrant the same
> subdomain. That would confuse users in my opinion.
> What I do think would be nice to have is a page on the GnuCash website that
> promotes external, yet closely related projects. And in the case of GnuCash
> for Android, I would even go as far as to promote it on the front page,
> considering you are actively interacting with the GnuCash community
> regarding your project.
> And finally note that my opinion on this is not carved in stone and open for
> debate. I'm just formulating my idea given the information I see before me
> at this moment.
> Regards,
> Geert
> On 26-10-12 10:30, Ngewi Fet wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> No reactions yet on my mail, who should I talk to for website updating
>> issues.
>> Maybe a direct mail is better.
>> Cheers,
>> Ngewi
>> On Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM, Ngewi Fet <ngewif at> wrote:
>>> Hi everyone,
>>> The Gnucash for Android app has reached release candidate status.
>>> You can download it here:
>>> There was a mention about putting a link to the on the main Gnucash page.
>>> Right now, the project page I have set up and am using is
>>> If this link should be accessible using a subdomain of, then
>>> please let me know who to contact to make that happen.
>>> (Can be done according to instructions at:
>>> )
>>> Also, any suggestions for improving the project page (especially
>>> content-wise) is heartily welcome.
>>> Cheers,
>>> Ngewi
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