TurboCash hits Linux, Apple

By   |  September 15, 2008

The TurboCash project today announced the release of TurboCash for the Linux/Wine platform. Tectonic originally wrote about running TurboCash on Wine in 2004 but at the time this was a task that required patience and skill.

Philip Copeman, project leader of the TurboCash project, says that the latest release of the accounting application is easy to run using the latest version of Wine.

“We have been waiting for this for a while and here it is,” says Copeman. “The Wine project has progressed over the years and now it is possible to install TurboCash over standard Linux installations.

“TurboCash is immediately available as a free download from the TurboCash website.

TurboCash can be used be most people from single users up to 50-user systems, says Copeman.

Copeman says that TurboCash is also working with Minnesota-based Codeweavers to produce a version for Crossover Office that will run on both Linux machines and Apple computers.

The release of that version is “imminent” and beta release versions are already in use.

Under this arrangement users will be able to get a supported version of TurboCash and Crossover Office for $80. This is also exciting to us said Copeman. “The Apple market has had very few accounting players and the Linux market is effectively virgin territory. This now extends our reach considerably.”

Copeman says that to date the desktop accounting market has been “98% Windows based. Accounting PCs tend to be dedicated work stations like tills or bookkeeping stations. By removing Windows and a commercial accounting package, even at a cost of $80, the price of a Linux/Wine/TurboCash PC capable of doing accounting has now more than halved. This should open up new channels in education and non profit organisations.”

TurboCASH will be demonstrating TurboCash on Linux/Wine and Apple at the Insitex Expo this week.

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5 Responses to “TurboCash hits Linux, Apple”

  1. Joel
    September 15th, 2008 @ 5:49 pm

    This is too little too late. KMyMoney has received lots of awards for the amount of work the team has done over the past couple years.

    I have used them as a replacement since 2005. They are also working on a database connection point as we speak.

  2. Alastair
    September 15th, 2008 @ 6:41 pm

    @Joel:
    I haven’t tried KMyMoney so I can’t talk on the value of that. But I have tried TurboCash and it is good, even though I haven’t tried it on Wine since the early days (mentioned in the story). One of the major areas of failure in the open source software world are accounting applications. There aren’t a lot of programmers around that are interested in writing accounting applications. Another accounting application on Linux is good news.

    As with most things, competition in this area will drive new innovation.

  3. Boycott Novell
    September 16th, 2008 @ 3:01 am

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  4. Raoul
    September 16th, 2008 @ 11:28 am

    @Joel
    KMyMoney is not a business accounting package. They state as much on their site. TurboCash on the other hand, has been powering businesses around South Africa for a number of years.

    Well done to Philip for getting TurboCash working on Linux via Wine! I know he’s been wanting to make a more open source version of TurboCash for years (i.e. redeveloping it in an open source language), but hasn’t had the time or the skills to do so. Getting this far, I’m sure, is a major milestone.

  5. Ian
    September 16th, 2008 @ 12:33 pm

    KMyMoney and TurboCASH are aimed at different kinds of users. KMyMoney is a personal finance manager, while TurboCASH is aimed at small to medium size businesses.

    The other main accounting software for Linux is of course GnuCash, which fits somewhere in between, aimed at personal/small business.

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