"When attention turns to what Linux needs if it is ever to
attain desktop World Domination, the first thing that comes to mind
is usually office suites. But personal and business finance
software is also an important part of a desktop system. The state
of the art for Linux financial applications has always lagged far
behind what can be found in the proprietary world, and that deficit
certainly does not help get Linux onto more desktops.
"The leading free finance package for Linux is gnucash. LWN has
looked at gnucash a couple of times in the past, and your editor
has used it for his (depressing) finances for almost three years.
Gnucash gets the job done, but it long lacked the features found in
commercial finance programs; it has also never been something that
could challenge small business packages like Quickbooks. The
gnucash developers have not been idle, however; much work has gone
into the 1.8 release, which is due to hit the net on January 5.
When the 1.7.4 beta release was announced, your editor grabbed a
copy to see what the gnucash team has been up to..."