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[Discuss] Personal finance software on Linux

Hi Rich (and hello to the rest of BLU),

My partner has talked me into experimenting with gnucash.
Up to now I've been using a couple spreadsheets that were operating as
glorified check registers/stock inventory pages.  I don't actually have
a lot of experience with financial software.  (I compared myself to the
guy who plays four instruments but doesn't read music.)

This week a cow-orker said that he felt gnucash wasn't as capable as
Quicken or Mint, but I don't yet have the experience to dig for details.

At any rate if others are playing with gnucash and want to chat, we can
take the conversation off-list for a while and then report back to this thread
with a summary.


On Sep 19, 2014, at 2:35 PM, Rich Braun wrote:

> For about 2 years, I've been happily using Moneydance as a Quicken
> replacement.  It's a Java app that runs on any platform, and also has an
> iPhone app that (up until now) provided sync capability to my Linux server. 
> Their 2014 release apparently broke wifi sync, and it's now deprecated. 
> Here's the response I got from customer support:
>  "If you're using Wifi syncing, I'd definitely recommend
>  switching to Dropbox syncing as it's more stable, robust,
>  and there are unfortunately some issues with Wifi syncing
>  that we can't fix due to certain network configurations
>  over which we have no control. As well, Dropbox syncing
>  is end-to-end encrypted, meaning that all your data is
>  encrypted between your Moneydance application and your
>  Moneydance iOS app, with none of it being unencrypted on
>  your Dropbox folder. For these reasons, we've stopped
>  maintaining the Wifi syncing functionality and are
>  unable to fix most problems with it."
> Dropbox is putting up a new office building across the street from where I
> work, so I suppose there might be one throat to choke if anything goes wrong
> over there: but I'd still *really really* rather continue to self-host all my
> personal finance data.
> So, it's 2014 and I'm still in search for an excellent personal-finance
> manager that works on Linux, Windows and/or Mac, with sync to/from mobile. And
> whose data can be kept on storage media owned by me, not some cloud provider.
> (I guess I could go back to my old Windows-only method, but Windows is
> gradually fading out from my home network with the demise of Microsoft
> TechNet.)
> Your thoughts?
> -rich
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