"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