GnuCash on Windows XP

Robert Smits bob at
Tue Sep 30 14:47:31 EDT 2008

On September 30, 2008 05:13:56 am Mike or Penny Novack wrote:
> >yes, use an old laptop, put a linux of suitable type for the processor on
> > it - there are some very lean distros out there and use gnucash.
> Try to avoid operating system "politics".
> The question in this case was about ORGANIZATIONAL use, not personal
> use. It is for that very reason that I (and experienced "techie" who
> would have no problems running GnuCash under a 'nxi) did NOT consider
> that in my evaluation presented to our organization. Willingness to
> learn a new operating system should not be among the qualifications for
> running for the office of treasurer of the organization. In my case, I
> won't be treasurer forever (and in fact, because of our bylaws, will
> soon have to leave the board for at least one term).

I think the previous poster was not playing OS politics as much as addressing 
the issue of running Windows on a very old, very underresourced laptop. If 
you move from Windows XP to a small, lean, Linux distro, and only use it to 
run Gnucash, you would very likely speed it up considerably. Adding as much 
memory as you can to the old laptop would help, too.

On my current laptop, running OpenSuse 11, it takes Gnucash about 11 seconds 
to open.

bob at  

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