The definition of running on Linux tends to vary somewhat. Several packages claim this property based on the fact that they run atop a relational database (like Oracle, Informix, Sybase, or perhaps one less famous), and that such database software can be hosted on Linux.
In many such cases, the software is implemented using a client/server architecture, where the client side software can only run on Windows. Some might consider it a little disingenous to claim that an application "runs on Linux" when not all of the application components can, in fact, run on Linux.
Appgen was a vendor offering Unix-based accounting software using their own proprietary RAD tool and embedded ISAM database. It evidently has its origins in Pick , with its own database being similar to BTrieve. As of late 2003, they have gone out of business, leaving VARs high and dry.
PowerWindows uses their own proprietary hash table-based database system, perhaps most reminiscent of DBM. They claimed good scalability results, which is nice; unfortunately, the data is embedded in a database that only they truly understand, which qualifies as a very bad thing.
A problem that has been encountered with MyBooks is that it does not comply with LSB (Linux Standard Base) , and thus cannot be expected to 'run everywhere.' Apparently it does not play well with SuSE 8.1; you may need to do a careful selection of distributions in order to be able to run it.
This quite a common problem encountered with proprietary binary-only applications. There is no guarantee that the vendor has considered environmental dependancies relating to your environment, and since it is not free software, you have no ability to modify the application to resolve problems. That's essentially the reason why Richard Stallman founded the FSF ...
Part of the research you should do before buying any financial software is to find out if it is compatible with your environment.
The closing of their doors expands the cautionary tale; if your vital financial data is shackled inside a set of proprietary software tools, your enterprise undertakes all of the risk of how financially sound the vendor is. If they had been using some third party database system, perhaps with an SQL relational database, there would be a clear route to get data out of the system. In light of the proprietary form of data storage, it may require "forensic computing" techniques to extract information about the financial position in order to transition to more supportable software.
Unix-based accounting software, using their own RAD tool and their own embedded ISAM database system.
Modules include General Ledger, Budget Analysis, General Subsidiary, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Purchase Orders, Inventory Control, Order Entry, Commission Accounting, and Sales Analysis.
A multi-user accounting system that runs on DOS, OS/2, Win32, Unix, and Linux.
Includes such modules as:
Invoicing and Accounts Receivable
Point of Sale
Produced "Down Under," which may mean it is easier to support in the Southern Hemisphere than in North America...
GL, Order Entry, Purchasing, AP, AR, Inventory, Payroll, Job Cost, Bank Reconciliation, Bill of Materials
Roughly 25 modules available...
I/C Quick Entry
Multi-Site Order Entry
Multi-Site Point of Sale
Order Entry Plus
Point of Sale
Time and Attendance
Time and Billing
POS (Point Of Sale) Application written using the Qddb database system
Sells/Integrates ThinSoft Accounting. Runs on Linux...
I received email indicating the following, that I have yet to fully investigate:
I have resale access to a number of Linux supports solutions based on the SmartWare 2000 development system, a complete MRP solution in the 75 to 200 K range:
A powerful accounting system, $500 per module
Contact management system - $895 including SmartWare 2000.
The SmartWare Enterprise Resource Product (SwERP) is the optimum balance between 'best of breed' and products like SAP.
<firstname.lastname@example.org> Greg at Mobius
Credit Card Billing Software for various Linux-like OSes...
A web-based time tracking and attendance product written for Linux. It uses pyapache, pygres, and htmlgen, postgresql, python and apache. It is the authors' intention to provide some financial support to the creators of those underlying tools " if and when we get profits out of the product"
They are hoping technical groups will use it to track vacation time, programmer burnout and project costs.
Parity Software GmbH from have ported their systems to Linux using Qt as the gui, also available on winNT. It can be fully customized by their professional partners and they have an extension language called PAL which is a Perl m dule so one can do anything they want just by writing some Perl code using the extended command-set. Sounds great?
Demo-version should be out by April 1999. (Sorry, it's all in German.)
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DDI Time Tracking, Billing, and Accounting Management software
Implemented in COBOL using AcuCOBOL, and thus portable to a sizable number of platforms, this software is likely to be particularly suited to professional offices such as accounting firms or law firms.
Produces integrated "enterprise management" software, including modules for:
Work Order Processing
Accounting and Financial Reporting
Software runs atop Linux, Novell, Unix, and Windows NT operating systems.
Company is based in British Columbia, so it presumably provides some degree of support for both Canadian and US operational and tax environments...
EuroLogiciel - Gestion Commerciale pour PME sous Linux qui vient de Belgique...
Je pense qu'il faut parler francais pour effectivement utilizer cette systeme...
The standard G/L, A/P, A/R
Purchasing and Inventory control from the point of view of retail sales environments.
Quasar now consolidates in Point Of Sale functionality from a package formerly known as LinuxPOS.
Platforms can be mixed and matched; much of the client software as well as server software runs both on Linux and on various flavors of Windows.
A base single-user version is available free of charge, though not as free software.
Point of Sale
Size and Colour Matrix
Credit Card Authorization
Advanced Bar Code Printing
Canadian Payroll Direct Deposit
Bill of Materials
Network Upgrade (applicable only for single location upgrades)
An Australian accounting system that seems particularly directed to the sorts of estimation activities associated with construction and subcontracting enterprises.
Apparently it started as a BASIC-based system about 20 years ago; it was ported to Informix C-ISAM, later to Byte Designs DISAM, and apparently most recently to their own C and TCL/Tk-based runtime system.
Modules seem particularly directed at Australia-based construction project work.
Modular Accounting software for Win32, MacOS, Linux, with various SQL backends
5M Software - Business Accounting Software on Win32 and Unix
Customizable financial accounting package running on Linux using Informix -SE.
Several vendors sell POS systems based on Pick -like database systems:
kalculate Financial Package on LINUX
An Indian production, this appears to use GTK, Postgres.
RLA Assist - Rennie Lindsey accounting software for wholesale distribution and manufacturing.
Industry specialties are fastener software and electronic component software.
Solutions in the following areas:
Lot Control / Lot Traceability
There's a GUI front end (which appears to be Windows-only), but also a text UI using something looking like CURSES .
Vendor of Canadian T4/Payroll software that runs on Red Hat Linux.
A web-based small business accounting system. Much like Oracle's NetLedger system, this is a subscription-based system; the software stays on the vendor's servers.
This package allows managing sales contacts and customer accounts, tracking such things as:
Contact information (much as in a PIM;
Communications with customer contacts.
There is an application that provides a limited ability to sync Relata data with PalmOS. A most fascinating thing is that the "sync" application is several times larger than the entire Relata CRM package, since its packaging includes the entire Java runtime environment.
Using Qt to generate a portable GUI, this runs on Linux, Windows, and Maemo (Nokia).
Almost any sort of software that data in files or, typically a tad more reliably, using a relational database, may have the storage subsystem drawn out. If the software uses a standard protocol such SQL-CLI, the application ought not need to care what kind of platform the database resides on.
Here are some applications where it is known that the database may run on Linux, whilst the "client front end" does not.
This software uses a Borland Delphi front end (thus meaning that users must be using MS Windows), and a backend server based on Interbase/Sybase/Oracle, which may run on Linux.
Note that the web site is presented as a maze of twisty little ECMAScript tags that doesn't render very well on any of my web browsers. Your milage may vary...
Borland Delphi-based database accounting. Database server software may run on various platforms including Linux
Actually, this is an application that doesn't run on Linux at all. It's based on Delphi and BTrieve, with extensions written as COM objects. It's based on a whole lot of decidedly non-free software, but you can get the source code, so it is "open source. "
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