Posted Jan 13, 2005 19:51 UTC (Thu) by peace
In reply to: loss leader?
Parent article: Quasar Accounting under the GPL
If Linux Canada is using it as a "loss leader" I don't see the problem. The accounting package is quite good and is GPL, which should satisfy any purist, so I'm not sure where your problem lies with them.
We use Quasar to manage our small business books and do sales quotes and invoices. It has been an excellent product, much better than what the anti-business GNUCash had to offer at the time. I know GNUCash has recently added business features but I haven't taken a look recently. Quasar is client server/multi user with permission management which has been very helpfull. It also has a redimentary concept of workflow which makes it easier to use and train on than some other options. Our accountant likes it too.
One thing that Quasar is lacking is good reporting though. I hope that the GPL'ing of their code will help with that.
I don't get the sense that they are doing this as a 'ploy'. I think it simply makes great business sense for them as it will get them onto to distro CD's where they can potentially get some market penetration in the developing Linux as POS system area. I have been wishing they would do this for several years. Thanks Linux Canada!
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