Geek Ranch Accounting Solution
First, a quick review of the requirements:
- Decent A/R, A/P, General Ledger
- A useful CRM system
- Handles multiple currencies
- Is at least available in Spanish with Spanish/English a plus
- Is possible for a bookkeeper without a Computer Science degree to learn to use
Well, after a lot of false starts, I settled on PostBooks from Xtuple.com. Don't let the .com part scare you away if you are looking for something useful and free—there are three products with PostBooks being the free choice. The system includes MFG/ERP and those parts get more sophisticated in the other editions. Far from being "crippleware", PostBooks will do more than most non-manufacturing businesses need for accounting.
I set up PostBooks here about a month ago but if you look at the web site, you will see why it became the right answer yesterday. They have been working on translations for this version, but yesterday they launched their translation portal. Spanish is mostly done and eight other languages vary between 50% and complete. The portal allows and encourages user input to complete translations.
The system design itself is very interesting. There is a KDE-based client which talks to a Postgres database. The client (which is the same for all the products) is just the user interface. All the business logic is implemented as functions in the database. There is no server code outside the database.
The translations are also cleanly implemented. All you do is put the translation files, *.gm, in the same directory as the executable and they become available in the user configuration screen. Anything that is not translated is just displayed in English. The actual translations are done using QtLinguist. If you don't have QtLinguist, there are executables of it available on the Xtuple site as well.
Besides being a solid product that seems very well designed, I find the business model interesting. Xtuple sells the high-end software and support services which, of course, is no surprise. But they benefit from the give-away product. Because the client is the same for all versions, what we contribute (bug fixes and translations, for example) decreases their expenses related to their commercial offering. In return, we get to take advantage of various things from the commercial offering. For example, documentation includes manuals and even videos on how to use the product.
To me, this is a perfect example of how Open Source can be a win-win for a commercial enterprise.
Practical Task Scheduling Deployment
July 20, 2016 12:00 pm CDT
One of the best things about the UNIX environment (aside from being stable and efficient) is the vast array of software tools available to help you do your job. Traditionally, a UNIX tool does only one thing, but does that one thing very well. For example, grep is very easy to use and can search vast amounts of data quickly. The find tool can find a particular file or files based on all kinds of criteria. It's pretty easy to string these tools together to build even more powerful tools, such as a tool that finds all of the .log files in the /home directory and searches each one for a particular entry. This erector-set mentality allows UNIX system administrators to seem to always have the right tool for the job.
Cron traditionally has been considered another such a tool for job scheduling, but is it enough? This webinar considers that very question. The first part builds on a previous Geek Guide, Beyond Cron, and briefly describes how to know when it might be time to consider upgrading your job scheduling infrastructure. The second part presents an actual planning and implementation framework.
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With all the industry talk about the benefits of Linux on Power and all the performance advantages offered by its open architecture, you may be considering a move in that direction. If you are thinking about analytics, big data and cloud computing, you would be right to evaluate Power. The idea of using commodity x86 hardware and replacing it every three years is an outdated cost model. It doesn’t consider the total cost of ownership, and it doesn’t consider the advantage of real processing power, high-availability and multithreading like a demon.
This ebook takes a look at some of the practical applications of the Linux on Power platform and ways you might bring all the performance power of this open architecture to bear for your organization. There are no smoke and mirrors here—just hard, cold, empirical evidence provided by independent sources. I also consider some innovative ways Linux on Power will be used in the future.Get the Guide