One of the final frontiers for users, and open source programmers, is the dark realm of the financial application. Plenty of office suites, customer relationship managers, IDEs, and various groupware packages abound, but a dearth of solid and usable financial programs are available. GnuCash fills the void of a financial package for Linux users but GnuCash, contrary to what some believe, will not replace Quickbooks although it does have some very advanced features.
It is more of a competitor with Microsoft Money or Quicken for personal account or small business accounting. It may fill the need, however, for a large number of you who feel stuck with a Windows-only financial application solution.
GnuCash is a rich application with the ability to manage your money and accounts for a variety of financial needs ranging from personal checking account, to mutual funds, retirement accounts, home loan, business accounts, and even spousal income. Some of its features that make it well worth investigating — especially for small businesses — are listed on the Web site.