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By Stomfi

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Posted: 9 Mar 2005

Question: I am looking for a checkbook application similar to Quicken. I am a newbie to the Linux world. Can you make any suggestions? --George Micik

Answer: For SUSE

Searching for Linux software

One of the things that newbies find hard is searching for things on the web. In my google search bar I typed "linux check book" and found the first one. Then I typed "linux cheque book" and found the second, and a page which took me to the last one shown here. Another search term could have been "linux personal finance" but I thought three choices would be enough for this question.

The main thing to note is that the first search term is always "linux", the second the subject, and the third any word which refines the search.

It's a bit like looking up an index in a book or a library. You look for the main subject first, gradually refining your general terms until you have found what you want. If you are too specific at the start you may come up with nothing, so this gradual process of general key words works a lot better, and can find associated terms you may not have considered.

My three solutions

These are as I found them, in no order of preference. Two are free and one costs money, but will have "paid for" support. You can check them all out for free, and select the one you like best, or you can follow my search strategy and look for more solutions. In the natural scheme of things, there should be at least six solutions to any problem, so there should be at least three more out there somewhere.

1. CheckBook Tracker

In order to leave Windows behind most people need a fully-functional money management program. CheckBook Tracker seeks to solve that problem. It has the feel and features of packages like Microsoft Money without requiring the user to build their own sources or find an RPM for their distribution. Its features include Import / Export QIF files straight from Money or Quicken, auto complete, check printing, split transactions, balance forecasts, online banking, and more.

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2. Moneydance

Moneydance is an easy-to-use financial organizer built for the Internet. You can use it to organize your finances so that you can get on with the important things in life. The familiar interface makes managing your money easy, while the advanced features give you the ability to visually track your spending. Graphs and reports provide financial feedback, while features such as budgeting, online banking, and transaction reminders help you keep an eye on your money.

Demo site:

3. GnuCash

GnuCash allows you to track bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses. As quick and intuitive to use as a checkbook register, it is based on professional accounting principles to ensure balanced books and accurate reports.

All Reports are customizable, and can be tailored for style and content.

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This Newbie answer has covered:

How to search Google for Linux software.
Some Checkbook software examples for Linux.

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