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GnuCash COULD be a Quickbooks killer

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I am a certified Quickbooks technician. And, to be perfectly honest, Quickbooks stinks. When it works it’s great…but when it doesn’t work, it’s a NIGHTMARE! It’s terribly sensitive to network hiccups, it isn’t smart enough to switch itself out of single user mode after a scheduled backup, it’s slow, it constantly can not find data files, it’s expensive…the list goes on and on. And I hear these complaints nearly every day. Along with those complaints comes the question: “Do you know of an alternative?” The answer to that question is always, unfortunately, “No”.

I want to be able to tell clients “Why yes, I do know of an alternative that is easy to use, reliable, and open source!” Unfortunately I can not. I want that alternative to be GnuCash, but it isn’t. As good as GnuCash is (and I’ve been using it daily for a long, long time) it can not stand up to what Quickbooks users need. GnuCash has no multi-user mode. GnuCash has no server capabilities. GnuCash does not have a user-friendly GUI that contains one-click buttons to access nearly ever feature it offers.

Nope. As good as GnuCash is, it’s not what the business public wants. It should be, but it’s not. And that’s a shame because GnuCash is one of the few fully cross-platform accounting packages that can handle nearly every accounting need of either an individual user or a business. But it lacks too many key elements to be adopted across the board.

So…I thought I would fill in the blanks so that anyone who has the developer chops could pick up the open source GnuCash and roll up what could easily be a Quickbooks killer.

Here’s what GnuCash needs:




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