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May 23rd, 2008, 03:29 PM
Hello everyone,

I have a small business, and when I say small I mean really small (if we were a not-for-profit we'd be doing ok) and I am looking for some software solutions.

I started using Ubuntu in Feb 08 and I would like to get my company computers running on it too. The computers are old and shoddy andI think that Ubuntu would run better than the old versions of XP with millions of patches and updates.

Getting my partners to agree to switch to Linux is going to take a LOT of convincing - but I want to give it a shot.

Apart from the OS, we need to find alternatives to Quickbooks, Photoshop, and Illustrator. While I am aware of Gnucash, Gimp and Inskape I haven't used any of them extensively so I want to know how they compare. I am particularly interested in Gnucash or other accounting software as I hate Quickbooks with a passion.

Thank you for any insight and help.


May 23rd, 2008, 03:40 PM
As for Inkscape, there are few things that you might find annoying. First you can open only one page of a document at a time. Also you can not export your drawings in OpenClipArt.org gallery and you can't set up the guidelines under any angle (but you can set diagonals under 45 degrees as a auxiliary tools). Overall Inscape is really good vector drawing program and I don't think you could find better solution for Linux.

May 23rd, 2008, 09:44 PM
here is a useful (and funny) link about photoshop/illustrator vs gimp/inkscape


May 24th, 2008, 12:47 AM
Thanks. Anyone got anything about GnuCash - although it seemed ok for home use, would it be good for a small business?

May 24th, 2008, 01:16 PM
Thanks. Anyone got anything about GnuCash - although it seemed ok for home use, would it be good for a small business?

I am sorry I am not into accounting software, but maybe this threads could help you a little :-)




I found theses on advanced search, just type Gnucash, and you will get a lot posts by other people. Hope this will help.

May 24th, 2008, 02:23 PM
Just so you know, you can run Photoshop CS2 in Wine with no problems. Don't know about Illustrator though.