"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...'"