15.5 Finance

If, for any reason, you would like to manage your personal finances on your FreeBSD Desktop, there are some powerful and easy to use applications ready to be installed. Some of them are compatible with widespread file formats like those of Quicken® or Excel documents.

This section covers these applications:

Application Name Resources Needed Installation from Ports Major Dependencies
GnuCash light heavy GNOME
Gnumeric light heavy GNOME
Abacus light light Tcl/Tk

15.5.1 GnuCash

GnuCash is part of the GNOME effort to provide user-friendly yet powerful applications to end-users. With GnuCash, you can keep track of your income and expenses, your bank accounts, or your stocks. It features an intuitive interface while remaining very professional.

GnuCash provides a smart register, a hierarchical system of accounts, many keyboard accelerators and auto-completion methods. It can split a single transaction into several more detailed pieces. GnuCash can import and merge Quicken QIF files. It also handles most international date and currency formats.

To install GnuCash on your system, do:

# pkg_add -r gnucash

If the package is not available, you can use the ports collection:

# cd /usr/ports/finance/gnucash
# make install clean

15.5.2 Gnumeric

Gnumeric is a spreadsheet, part of the GNOME desktop environment. It features convenient automatic ``guessing'' of user input according to the cell format and an autofill system for many sequences. It can import files in a number of popular formats like those of Excel, Lotus 1-2-3, or Quattro Pro. Gnumeric supports graphs through the math/guppi graphing program. It has a large number of built-in functions and allows all of the usual cell formats such as number, currency, date, time, and much more.

To install Gnumeric as a package, type in:

# pkg_add -r gnumeric

If the package is not available, you can use the ports collection by doing:

# cd /usr/ports/math/gnumeric
# make install clean

15.5.3 Abacus

Abacus is a small and easy to use spreadsheet. It includes many built-in functions useful in several domains such as statistics, finances, and mathematics. It can import and export the Excel file format. Abacus can produce PostScript® output.

To install Abacus from its package, do:

# pkg_add -r abacus

If the package is not available, you can use the ports collection by doing:

# cd /usr/ports/deskutils/abacus
# make install clean

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