Accounting and Tax Applications
One of the primary reasons I have not switched to Linux is the lack of accounting and tax software for home user. After about six years of waiting there appears to be some hope.
GnuCash appears to handle most of the accounting needs of a home user but I'm skeptical how well it handles on-line banking (uploading and downloading transactions to/from a bank account) with Bank of America for example. I do not want to code, convert or otherwise jump through hoops to get on-line banking to work with GnuCash. I can not find much documentation on on-line banking capabilities. I would like to hear how well GnuCash handles on-line banking.
Tax software for Linux appears to be the road block that will prevent me from moving to Linux. TaxCut and TurboTax are not supported for Linux and I have contacted the vendors requesting a port but no response. Is there any tax software like TaxCut or TurboTax for Linux. Here again, I do not want to code, convert, rely on other software (wine, codeweaver, etc) to make TaxCut or TurboTax software to work on Linux. I would prefer a tax application specifically written for Linux that will file on-line with the IRS and state tax administration.
To much to ask Linux to do? Well folks, these applications have existed for the Microsoft operating systems for many years and has been a major reason for me and friends not to make a serious move to Linux.
I would love to move entirely to Linux but have to settle on a hack of a dual boot machine or more than one workstation that take up space and kilowatts to run. Why? Because I depend on accounting and tax software that linux does not offer.
Frustrated wanna-be Linux user. :(