Open Source financial systems

Mark Purcell mark at
Sun Feb 2 16:40:33 EST 2003

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On Sun, 2 Feb 2003 11:30, Daniel McNamara wrote:
> I'm looking to find an open source financial package that could be used
> to keep track of small business tradings. Basic requirments are that it
> must run on Linux, be web based (intranet only really) so no X windows
> apps and the biggest kicker is it must be useable in Australia (GST
> aware etc). I've found a few web based systems there are simliar to what
> I'm after by none of them are for the Austrlain market. I thought maybe
> someone out there might know of at least one before I set myself the
> task of rolling my own.

What you want is SQL-ledger, it seems to the have quite flexability in the 
management of taxes so should be able to accomodate the GST requirements, but 
I haven't used it in anger so YMMV.


SQL-Ledger is a double entry accounting system. Accounting data is stored in a 
SQL Server, for the display any text or GUI browser can be used. The entire 
system is linked through a chart of accounts. Each item in inventory is 
linked to revenue, expense, inventory accounts and tax accounts. When you 
purchase and sell goods and services the accounts are automatically updated. 

With the assembly feature you can build manufactured goods from parts, 
services and assemblies. When you sell assemblies all the accounts linked to 
the individual parts, services and assemblies are updated and stock levels 
adjusted accordingly. 

Invoices, Packing List, Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Sales and Purchase 
Order, Statements, Receipts and Checks are generated from templates and may 
be changed to suit your needs. Templates are provided in html and tex format. 
The tex templates are processed with latex to produce postscript and PDF 
documents and can be sent to a printer, displayed in a PDF viewer or sent out 
by email ... 

SQL-Ledger can be used on any UNIX, Mac OS X and Windows computer. The 
application is written in Perl, developed on FreeBSD and Linux with Galeon, 
Konqueror, Netscape, Lynx, Links, W3M, Voyager, Explorer to render the 
display, Apache to communicate between the server and the browser, and 
PostgreSQL or Oracle to store accounting data. 
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