Giving up on Gnucash
rodengelsman at ruraltel.net
Fri Apr 22 23:20:12 EDT 2005
Stephen Fisher wrote:
> Have followed this thread for the past couple days, I am very disappointed.
> In my opinion Rod started this thread raising some very good issues,
> specifically that: gnucash is not terribly user friendly, lacks some key
> functionality, and needs a gui overhaul. All very valid points. There
> have been a few good responses to his note, but unfortunately far too
> many in my opinion have trod the familiar path of too many gu=nucash
> threads. It the first sign of criticism the community goes on the
> attack: how dare you criticize this fantastic free software, how dare
> you question the fine volunteers slaving away in their free time on the
> project, and the when all else fails lets beat the dead horse again
> debate on the merits of double entry book keeping. All of which entirely
> misses the point. Rod wants an easy to use, user friendly, reasonably
> featured accounting solution to manage his finances. gnucash in its
> present form is not the answer for him. In explaining why he hoped it
> would help those coding gnucash to improve the product. I few
> respondents got it. Sadly, many have not.
FWIW, *I didn't start this thread*. It was one Alex Kohl who made his
announcement. I merely made a me-too with my reasons. His was from the
perspective of a business user who found it inadequate for that use.
> For all the fanaticism out there about gnucash and I would say linux in
> general, until the community grasps that the user not the coder is the
> most important link in development, linux will continue to be a marginal
> operating system. 99% percent of computer users simply want their
> software to be attractive, easy to use, instantly understandable,
> consistent, and competitively featured. They don't care how its coded,
> why or by whom. Like electricty--when they turn it on, It just has too
> work. So in this vein, lets thank Rod for his input and recognize that
> as a user, particularly one who has found gnucash wanting, his input is
> a very valuable sense check on current state gnucash and where it is
> To those coding gnucash, keep up the good work. I await your future
> To Rod, thanks for input.
You're welcome. I, too, thank the developers.
And thank you for *your* support. It was feeling kinda lonely out here.
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