Software: Keeping Your Checkbook With GnuCash

I touched on it, in the post about getting rid of Windows XP. Today, we’ll look at keeping your checkbook balanced in Linux.

Since the dawn of computers, one of the most useful things a computer has done for me is keep my checkbook in order. Those first spreadsheet programs did the trick well, back in the 80s, and soon after, programs like Quicken and Peachtree came out to give you an easier interface.

Here on the farm, we use GnuCash

GnuCash Screenshot

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Having used Quicken as my last checkbook program, I was delighted to find out that GnuCash could import my Quicken accounts without a hiccup at all.

While it may seem silly or excessive, I have every transaction to my checking account back my entire adult working life. It’s nice, and sometimes sad to see some of the things I’ve wasted money on in the past 30+ years. Looking at some of the entries and the money wasted, has certainly made me a more careful buyer of goods and services today!

To install, just head to: Menu–> Program Manager and search for gnucash. Install the program and then run it. A first-run walk through will help you set up accounts and learn about importing from other sources.

November 6, 2014 update

GnuCash is now available for Android! We love this software, and being able to run it on Android is a huge plus. The only downside to this new application is that while you can import your desktop client files, there is currently no way to actually sync the mobile platform with the Android App.

I’ll let the folks over at Tech Republic give you the details,  you can find the well written article Right Here