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LinuxWorld: Balancing Your Books? GnuCash is the Answer

Sep 26, 2002, 03:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"I've been remiss in not writing about GnuCash earlier. With all the wailing and gnashing of teeth I've done over the years about the lack of personal/small-business accounting software for Linux, there is no excuse for not having taken a good, long look at GnuCash before now.

"GnuCash began life as X-Accountant, written for Motif by Robin Clark in 1997. Linas Vepstas liked the GPL'd project and rewrote most or all of it over time. Along the way, the name got changed temporarily to GnuMoney, and then later to GnuCash. It also picked up a goodly number of users and contributors.

"In 1998, Vepstas founded a commercial enterprise called Gnumatic to provide a commercial boxed (and supported) version of GnuCash. Gnumatic has since gone bankrupt. Vepstas told me that promised venture capital never arrived, so they really never had a chance to get Gnumatic off the ground. In spite of Gnumatic's failure to become a commercial success, the GnuCash project continues..."

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