Dear KMyMoney developers,
as you might remember I'm a gnucash and HBCI developer and I'm regularly
using the HBCI online banking here in Germany. I'd like to ask you what
your current progress of the HBCI features is, and I'd like to challenge
you to consider the marketing value of this particular feature for a
financial software in Germany.
From what I understood, the online banking is in the development branch
which will become 0.8.x. Is there an estimated release date for this
series? And in that current development branch, do you support statement
download? Probably yes. Do you also support sending of online transfers?
As far as I understood, no. But this is *THE* coolest feature ever that
could be implemented in an Open Source project! The German banks by
means of the HBCI protocol actually accept to move *real money* by an
Open Source software. I have no idea why they originally decided to do
so, but the HBCI standard provides enough authentification and
encryption so that it's actually safe enough. Anyway, the point is that
with *your* program and the HBCI feature it is possible to seamlessly
move *real money* around, and it's incredibly cool to do so!
However, since HBCI banks are only available in Germany, it is probably
impossible for the other developers to get an impression on how these
things work. Luckily enough, another HBCI developer is running a HBCI
test server (i.e. a "fake" bank), and he gave the gnucash developers a
common test account to try the HBCI features. Since this test account
requires only a PIN and TAN, it is possible for multiple users to use
it, and I want to invite you to use it for testing as well:
The reason for asking this at this point in time is that I'm going to
give a presentation about GnuCash and HBCI on the biggest German linux
expo, called LinuxTag in the city of Karlsruhe http://www.linuxtag.org,
in June this year. I gave such a presentation last time and it was
hugely succesful. Now I would *love* to declare PUBLICLY in June:
"GnuCash supports HBCI and KMyMoney supports it too, so HBCI
is a great opportunity for Open Source Software".
I promise you that the HBCI features in KMyMoney will increase your
German user base probably by a factor of 10! The geek factor of the
possibilities in HBCI cannot ever be underestimated. I mean, when
Gnucash first got HBCI, this fact was even used by a distributor like
SuSE as a marketing argument in their next release (SuSE 9.0 IIRC).
However, in your current development status of the HBCI features, it
rather seems to me that I might need to say "GnuCash is the only Open
Source financial software that supports HBCI. Sorry." But it doesn't
need to stay this way. I challenge you to pick up the development of the
HBCI features, to encourage Martin Preuss to contribute more HBCI
program code, and to join in the club of open source software being able
to move real money! I'll add you prominently in the LinuxTag presentation!