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NewsForge: Accounting Software Company Sees Linux Demand from Clients Wary of Microsoft

Sep 27, 2002, 19:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grant Gross)

"ACCPAC International received little attention when it released its mid-range enterprise accounting package for the Linux desktop a month ago, but company officials believe the move will pay off in the form of more customers.

"The ACCPAC Advantage Series packages--aimed at mid-sized companies too large to run home/small office accounting software and not big enough to need huge packages like PeopleSoft--is the first mid-range accounting package to run on Linux servers and Linux desktops, according to ACCPAC. The company, which calls itself 'the Switzerland of software,' wants to give its customers choices, especially after widespread concerns raised this summer over Microsoft's new licensing scheme, says Craig Downing, ACCPAC v.p. for product management.

"While ACCPAC PR people haven't been able to produce a potential customer for an interview, Downing says customers have been asking for ACCPAC's accounting packages on Linux. 'People are looking at the [Linux] desktop more and more,' he says. 'Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but I think it's an inevitability that you'll see Linux on the desktop at companies...'"

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