Feb 242009
 

Grisbi is a freee opensource personal accounting software for Linux and Windows released under GPL. Grisbi is a simple and intuitive software for basic use, and still very powerful once setup. Grisbi can manage multiple accounts, currencies and users and manages third party, expenditure and receipt categories, as well as budgetary lines, financial years, and other informations that makes it quite adapted for associations (except those that require double entry accounting).


Install Grisbi in openSUSE

To install Grisbi, click this 1-click installer from Packman supported on openSUSE 11.1/11.0/10.3
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This should download the YMP file and automatically launch the YaST package manager to add the frequired Repositories and download and install Grisbi and the  dependencies. Click next on the Grisbi installation screen and Next again on the installation proposal window. This should start adding the required repositories, download and install Grisbi and its required dependencies. Click Finish when the installation completes successfully.
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This should install Grisbi under “Applications – Office – Financial“. Click Grisbi to launch your newly installed Personal Financial Manager. As with any other Personal Finance Manager, you need a bit of work to do in terms of setting up a anew account and then banks, currencies (default is Euro), Financial years in considerations, Budget lines, Different Payment methods like Wire Transfer, Online Transfer Credit Card etc,
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Once you have setup a new account, you can see a list of tabs for the most commonly used functions like Transactions, Accounts, Third parties from or to whom funds are transferred like your electricity company, your landlord, employer etc.

The defaults for these views and settings like the currencies etc, display tabs etc can be modified from the Edit – preferen menu.
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One of the things that you may always want to fine tune with financial software is the categories. You can always add or delete categories of your choice. There is a nice scheduler option available as well for regular/recurring transactions that can be updated either automatically or manually into the system.
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Finally, the reporting works pretty well indeed. There are lot of default reports and you can always create your own custom report. You can also import/export your reports to an external file.

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Grisbi also allows you to import GNUCash, QIF, OFX files into the system or export to a QIF or a CSV file. Overall a nice neat Personal Finance Manager customizable to your needs and with a bit of work setting up initially, you have an almost full blown accounting system on your openSUSE.

Click here to visit the project homepage.