[kwlug-disc] Small business FOSS (systems/accounting/payroll) packages?

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Sun Nov 21 10:36:30 EST 2010

On Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 9:14 PM, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:

> Anyone know of FOSS software out there, perhaps OpenOffice (Base?) based?
> My volunteer organization, less than 200 volunteers, is transitioning from
> paper based to computer based systems.
> There is no real accounting or payroll system need, but there is a need to
> track people and the hours they volunteer. Of course, there are a myriad of
> ways in which they have 'unique' bits of information, so nothing will be
> plug and play - some customizations will be necessary. Thus, easy access to
> the underlying database structure is required.
> Anyone know of such FOSS software out there for small businesses that could
> serve as a base?
> I hate reinventing the wheel. (How many times and in how many ways can one
> do 'contacts', after all.) I'd rather leverage something else, especially
> since information may be acquired and maintained via, or reports generated
> to, the web, eventually. [If online collaboration and connectivity is a
> moving target as the 'internet' evolves, I'd rather let the package
> maintainers deal with the complexity of keeping up to date, rather than
> having to do it myself.]
> Arguably, perhaps?, this is a CRM or CMS, not entirely sure. Definitely
> it's small business (with salary = $0/hr for everyone).
> Thoughts, suggestions, search term refinements as to the nature of the
> beastie I'm searching for?

If you can afford $10 a month, then why not let someone else worry about
the hosting, upgrades, ...etc.

Here is a Canadian online accounting service.


Not sure about the payroll part though.

If you want something to host yourself, there is
http://frontaccounting.com/which gets good review. You can search
Google for a Canadian ledger. I
tried, but it really needs an accountant to set it up. It is free to
download and use. They also offer hosted versions for a fee.

Another option is Ledger SMB http://www.ledgersmb.org/, which is a fork of
another well known accounting package (SQL Ledger). My brother has been
using the latter for over a decade for his business. You download it and run
it yourself.
Khalid M. Baheyeldin
2bits.com, Inc.
Drupal optimization, development, customization and consulting.
Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability. --  Edsger W.Dijkstra
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. --   Leonardo da Vinci
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