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LinuxWorld.com: Cheap & easy business accounting with Linux

Feb 25, 2002, 16:17 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Colin Matoon)
"Nola is a free business accounting package, released under the GPL by the Ohio based-firm Noguska . Noguska has produced a variety of software for business since 1973. When you check out its site or call Noguska the company presents a comfortable, folksy image. Noguska's people are pleasant and helpful.

I don't know about you, but I always wonder how a software firm can break with tradition and give away software. I asked, and got a plausible answer: Noguska's profit has always been in customization and long-term support. By giving the software away under the GPL, Noguska reaches more potential customers. It's fine with Noguska if many, or even most, can use it as-is and without support because businesses grow and evolve. When they do, Noguska intends to be there, for a fee, with skills necessary to enhance its core for free accounting system. Free, if I can handle it. Fee, if I can't. I like that.

Yes, that is fair enough -- everybody has to eat -- and it is a conventional business model applied by many companies plying the open source waters. We shall see if it works for Noguska. If it does, great! If not, well, Nola is GPL'd software. We are free to hire our own guru if we ever need one and Noguska's gone under. I like that too."

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