GnuCash team has been famous in the past for their harshness towards anything “Windows”. No wonder – the 1st version of GC was written in 1997 in Motif for X Window System which was (and still is?) light years ahead of substandard Microsoft Windows GUI in terms of professional usability.
It seemed nobody expected them (GnuCash) to release a Windows port. Me wasn’t exception either. So when I had to move from X to MS Windows I also had to keep a subsidiary UNIX machine (thank God, virtual computer was OK) special for UNIX applications, most notably for GnuCash.
I didn’t mind going with the burden of an extra computer, because GnuCash is a solid personal and small-business financial accounting package offering lots of useful features like ease of use, powerful reporting and general reliability.
Or how would you like the freedom to export your data to move to whatever system you’d prefer? In most commercial “alternatives”, you often find yourself locked with your data to a particular software vendor.
Times change and the year of 2007 was a turning point in Gnu Cash history as GnuCash has been ported to the Microsoft Windows OS.
(GnuCash for Mac OS X has been available for quite some time already.)
This is really a good move. Meaning to show people in the Windows world [just a tip of the iceberg of] what they’ve been missing out all these years.
For me it is good also: now I can consolidate all my personal files in a dedicated place (which is “precious” – needs to be protected from snoopers, natural and other disasters). That’s one encrypted drive less.
You can go right now and download precompiled binary of GnuCash for Windows XP, 2000 and Windows Vista. Beware though, this piece of software is no toy – the distribution weighs 50 MB.