Ledgersmb is a full-featured, robust, flexible and dependable accounting system. I use it to operate the bookkeeping for a small UK limited company, which is VAT registered. I previously used the commerial Quickbooks software for this task. Ledgersmb is supported primarily through the ledger-smb-users mailing list. I have always received good and timely answers to my questions there, often directly from one of a few core developers. A browser-based interface is the primary way of interacting with ledgersmb. This is functional, full-featured and largely intuitive. Although it still has some rough edges, which can trip up a novice user, the interface becomes fast and easy-to-use once familiarity with the software grows. Ledgersmb is built on the foundations of a very robust database backend. Although this is hidden from the user's point of view, it ensures integrity and security of the accounting data, while offering a well-defined and flexible way to integrate with other business systems. The use of an open source database for storing data offers long-term security and freedom, which is very valuable to me. By storing data in an open format, ledgersmb offers me direct control over my accounts data and scope for integration with other business systems. This avoids being locked-in to a proprietary data format, with the significant risks that would bring. It seems to me that much of the ongoing development work goes into improving and expanding the underlying database. That makes sense, given it is the base on which all other interfaces depend, but from an end-user perspective, I sometimes wish that more attention was given to polishing the user interface. But being open source, there is always plenty of scope to contribute improvements. I have found that bug reports are dealt with swiftly and patches have been gladly accepted and quickly incorporated. In summary, ledgersmb is full-featured, robust and flexible, with great support.
Too hard to install on Debian Jessie
Ugh. I'm so frustrated with this. I haven't even been able to install the software and get it up and running, which makes me sad because I would be more than willing to make a donation to the devs if they would just provide a working package that will do everything through synaptic or whatever (me, I'm on Linux Mint Rosa at the moment). A little about me: I'm an ex-IT pro so I'm fairly comfortable with doing a number of tasks via command line, but I'm also in the process of setting up a business which means all of my time and mental energy is being used for that. Therefore, yeah - I do need something geared towards total n00bs for this particular situation. Instead, I'm wading through loads of in-depth technical instructions that sadly require knowledge of things far beyond my scope, such as running and configuring PostgreSQL and Apache... which the Ledger install walkthroughs are useless for as soon as you encounter an issue. I know writing help files/manuals can get tricky, especially when you're in the thick of the project, but you really must approach these things as though you're explaining it to an 8 year old kid. Assume nothing about knowledge. This looks like a great application, I wholeheartedly thank the devs for their time and keeping the open source community going... but I'm sorry to say this one misses the mark. After 3 days of attempting to get this running, I'm throwing in the towel.
Difficult to install and very bad support. Installation tutorial are not comprehensive and don't cover the whole process. I've seen projects abandoned for years much much easier to find support for.
Too hard to install on Debian Jessie