GnuCash and running a business?
Tue, 22 May 2001 16:25:05 -0400
>>> On Mon, 21 May 2001, Paul Lussier, identified below as "Paul",
>>> spake forth:
Paul> I guess the things that I'd be interested in seeing in
Paul> business-related software would be things like:
Paul> - payroll
Paul> - project tracking
Paul> - billing (time/services)
Paul> - personell/materiel management
On Tue, May 22, 2001 at 11:03:09AM +0000, Gerd Arlitt was heard to remark:
Gerd> I think you are plainly wrong here if you compare GnuCash with
Gerd> Applications like SAP or Peoplesoft in general.
Linas> Right. SAP is a high end, and does very different things.
Linas> But a more appropriate comparison might be with peachtree,
Linas> which comes shrink- wrapped, on a cdrom, and support the
Linas> above to a sifficeint degree to be usable in a small office.
Correct, I never meant to compare GnuCash to SAP/PeopleSoft, rather:
Linas> The question was 'can gnucash, the pc-based app, be enhanced
Linas> to support peachtree/quickbooks style features'? and the
Linas> answer is yes.
(I think) Linas mentioned previously that most of
the features many people look for, are in fact, merely new report
forms. Therefore, from my (all be it limited) understanding, it
should be pretty easy to add a report form to GnuCash to massage the
information properly for the desired output.
IMO, GnuCash already has one leg up on Quicken as a personal finance
manager, since it's entire structural design seems to be much better
planned out. Just the default use of double entry alone make it a
better and more reliable product, IMO.
Linas> But if the question is 'can it be morphed into some mainframe-
Linas> mangling enterprise-class system', then no. Maybe absorbed by,
Linas> merged into, but not grown into.
Well, I don't think anyone expects GnuCash to be used to manage a
multi-million dollar enterprise, nor do I think, any of us want it to
morph into that. However, I think it might worthwhile to use GnuCash
as the General Ledger interface for something like GnuEnterprise?!
Gerd> This may be all too much off topic .... maybe it can be discussed
Gerd> somewhere else but I woulden't know where ....
Linas> Nah, this is a great place, although the gnue place
Linas> may be good too. Maybe we should set up some sort of
Linas> 'linux-financial' list? I don't beleive the community has a
Linas> general list of this kind.
I don't find that there's an overwhelming amount of traffic on this
list. Personally I don't mind if this type of discussion takes place
here, but I'm one person who really has no say in this :)
The idea of a general linux-financial list might be a good idea,
though I don't know if the level of interest yet warrants it. Could
this be hosted at Gnumatic?
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