Open source MYOB needed.

Rod Ryan rodryan at
Wed Apr 10 18:10:30 EST 2002

I  don't know about open source but quasar accounting is multi platform.
Someone runs it in Australia, but I am not sure it is totally compatible.
They claim that someone is working on it. Accounting is one area Linux falls
short, hopefully this will be rectified soon.
Rod Ryan
----- Original Message -----
From: Martijn van Oosterhout <kleptog at>
To: Michael James <michael at>
Cc: <linux at>
Sent: 11 April, 2002 2:28 PM
Subject: Re: Open source MYOB needed.

> On Thu, Apr 11, 2002 at 01:29:19PM +1000, Michael James wrote:
> > Dear Converted,
> >
> > On the subject of Open Source packages,
> > Anyone know of a MYOB style package out there?
> > (Or are all us linux types too poor to need it.
> >   I know my business fits comfortably into a shoe box)
> Look at gnucash, it's come a very long way and it perfectly usable for
> accounting. However, if you're looking for small business features like in
> MYOB, I beleive they only exist as a patch and even then may not do what
> you.
> > KUGAR, the report generator mentioned earlier sounded like a basis,
> >  but some pre-loaded tax equations would be useful.
> > So would the ability to read and write MYOB dat files.
> Well, MYOB is only for australia whereas gnucash works anywhere, as such
> doesn't have much intelligence about local tax laws. If you know scheme
> however, you can create new reports to produce anything you like.
> It's even possible to use postgresql as the backend, meaning you can use
> SQL query engine to extract results. I beleive it's also possible then to
> add more columns to keep track of stuff that it doesn't do itself.
> MYOB dat files? I doubt most gnucash developers have even seen one :) I'm
> sure they'd appreciate a patch.
> HTH,
> --
> Martijn van Oosterhout <kleptog at>
> > Ignorance continues to thrive when intelligent people choose to do
> > nothing.  Speaking out against censorship and ignorance is the
> > of all intelligent people.

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