Aug 262008

Buddi is a personal finance and budgeting program, aimed at those who have little or no financial background. Designed to keep the software simpler but still effectively help users to manage their finances. Buddi is released a free opensource software released under GNU GPL license. Buddi will run on almost any computer which has a Java virtual machine installed. This can include Windows, Macintosh OS X, Linux, and many other operating systems.

Install Buddi in openSUSE
To install Buddi in openSUSE, click this 1-click install for Buddi for Buddi from Packman. This YaST Metapackage is supported on openSUSE 11.0/10.3/10.2 & SuSE 10.1/10.0. Clicking the 1-click installer will download the YMP file and launch Yast Package Manager.

Buddi installation description Buddi installation summary page

Buddi installation succcesful

Click Next in the Buddi install welcom page. Click Next again in the installation summary page. Enter the password for root if you are not a admin user. This will let YaST to add the required repositories and download and install packages and dependencies for Buddi. Once installation is complete, click Finish.

This adds Buddi under “Applications – Office – Financial” as “Buddi”

Buddi in Menu Buddi starts

Click Buddy to launch buddi. This will take you to the home (Accounts page). There are 3 tabs “My Accounts” , “My Budget“, “MyReports“. Based on the tab you are in, the edit menu option changes. For instance, when in the default My Accounts tab, edit menu allows you to create, modify different types of Accounts.

Buddi Accounts home Buddi Create account

When in the “My Budgets” tab, it allows you to create, edit different budget categories and entries.

Buddi Budgets and options

Run reports from the My Reports tab.

buddi reports buddi scheduled transactions

You can always edit your personal preferences from “Edit – Preference”

Buddi preferences

One of the features is the fact that Buddi has a nice plugin interface where addons written by author or 3rd parties to interface and provide addon features. To install a plugin, download the plugin from here and unzip it. Now, from Edit – Preferences, click Plugins tab, click Add. You may need to restart Buddi. Here I add Dashboard plugin to provide realtim dashboard feature to buddi.

Buddi Plugins Buddi dashboard

Click here to visit Buddi homepage