[LINK] Vista: Why you shouldn't upgrade yet

Craig Sanders cas at taz.net.au
Wed Jan 31 10:48:13 AEDT 2007

On Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 10:01:51AM +1100, Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
> How is a linux desktop for accounting packages like MYOB? I am
> guessing my accountant needs a windows based package to lodge my tax
> return.

no idea.  i have several guesses, though:

1. Crossover Office lets you run windows apps including MYOB on linux.

WINE (which is free, unlike crossover) may also run MYOB.  dunno.

2. gnucash is as good as MYOB in terms of features and lets you export
data in various formats (whether it's good enough for your accountant,
though, i dunno. it's not something i've ever had the need to use).

3. find an accountant that doesn't risk your financial and personal data
on insecure MS Windows systems.

in summary: emulation (run MYOB on linux) or substitution (MYOB *isn't*
the only game in town).

finally, there's:

4. dual boot. run linux for almost everything, and windows ONLY for
those things that you have no choice for.

and the obvious alternative to that is:

5. vmware/qemu/xen/etc - run linux and windows on the same computer at
the same time. with linux as the host OS, your windows apps would run at
only a slight speed penalty.


craig sanders <cas at taz.net.au>           (part time cyborg)

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