Because, as the old saw goes GUI != better, many (particularly experienced) users still prefer to interact with their computer through it's shell, via the console or a terminal emulator. As discussed earlier this month, the GNU Project has developed hundreds of programs for doing just about anything imaginable with a computer, but where GNU really shines, is in the development of command-line apps. Two of its most productive apps, for financial use, are: GNU PEM, a personal expense manager and Oleo, a spreadsheet.
GNU PEM, or Personal Expenses Manager is a financial accounting application designed for personal/small business use. It is completely free software that runs on GNU and other unixoid systems, as well as Microsoft Windows. It's latest version 0.7.9 allows you to record earnings and expenses, track earnings, and generate reports.
It stores info in comma-separated files that are organized -- and thus accessed -- by date. This simple, yet elegant design allows PEM files to be easily imported into popular spreadsheet applications, like MS Excel, Gnumeric, LibreOffice Calc, etc.
Installing PEM on GNU or other unixoids is easy; download the tarball, unzip it, move into the directory where you've stored the unzipped files and type:
- $ ./configure
- $ make -- And then as root (you can use either the su or sudo commands), type:
- # make install
That's all there is to it. To learn more, including how to install on Windows, please see the installation instructions available on the home page.
Like PEM, Oleo is also text-based. It's a light-weight, spreadsheet package that also has LessTif support making it usable in the GUI. It is free software and therefore available for use on a wide-range of operating systems besides GNU.
The current stable version 1.99.16 of Oleo will soon be replaced by Oleo 2.0, which, besides all the standard spreadsheet functions, features access to the statistics functions of the GSL (GNU Scientific Library) and access to databases, like MySQL and DBF files.
A thorough, recently updated Oleo user manual exists, that includes installation and other instructions.
As mentioned above, both GNU PEM and Oleo are Free Software, easy to obtain and install, and are supported by a wide-range of operating systems, so what's stopping you from trying them today.