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Re: Will installing Windows overwrite Grub
« Reply #30 on: May 21, 2013, 09:45:51 pm »
Tying yourself to proprietary formats again .. once you use Quickbooks (or Sage) you'll never escape it ;)

Or Windows for that matter.

Learn to setup/use GNUcash or Grisbi (if you don't need the full GNUcash) instead

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Re: Will installing Windows overwrite Grub
« Reply #31 on: May 21, 2013, 09:48:03 pm »
Unfortunately I can't completely escape proprietory software, believe me I've tried

Quickbooks is only one example  :(

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Re: Will installing Windows overwrite Grub
« Reply #32 on: May 21, 2013, 09:50:39 pm »
I'm happy to say after some very frustrating and time consuming work, I'm now COMPLETELY free of all proprietary file formats .. and Windows free :)

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"COMPLETELY free" is probably the wrong phrase .. "COMPLETELY un-reliant" is closer to the mark.

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« Reply #33 on: May 21, 2013, 09:57:22 pm »
[email protected] ~ $ sudo fdisk -l
[sudo] password for graeme:

Disk /dev/sda: 40.0 GB, 40020664320 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4865 cylinders, total 78165360 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000bd46b

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1        73990142    78163967     2086913    5  Extended
/dev/sda2            2048    73988095    36993024   83  Linux
/dev/sda5        73990144    78163967     2086912   82  Linux swap / Solaris

Partition table entries are not in disk order

Disk /dev/sdb: 360.1 GB, 360080695296 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 43777 cylinders, total 703282608 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000001

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1   *        2048   703277504   351637728+   7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
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Re: Will installing Windows overwrite Grub
« Reply #34 on: May 21, 2013, 10:00:39 pm »
Thanks .. that confirms it then .. installing GRUB didn't automagically set the boot flag.

But your BIOS doesn't require it set .. and GRUB doesn't need one.
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« Reply #35 on: May 21, 2013, 10:12:44 pm »
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I'm happy to say after some very frustrating and time consuming work, I'm now COMPLETELY free of all proprietary file formats .. and Windows free

I wish I could say the same, but there are 2 programs preventing me from being Windows free one is Quickbooks which you have to admit is good, I've tried gnu cash but to be honest it doesn't come close at least not for my circumstances and i can't compromise on my business, also another hold Quickbooks has on me is that my accountant uses Quickbooks so whenever he needs to audit my accounts I just give a backup on a pen drive or sometimes email with yousendit

The second one is Autodata which is a vehicle technical data program which is only written for Windows and I need that program

However I'm not a complete wimp i did make a stand, my main parts supplier introduced an online system where i can access their main stores and order parts directly, it worked as a IE plugin, I tried it for a while then told them I will not use it again until they make it compatible with Chromium and coincidently I was told today they're now working on a Chromium plugin


You'd have proud of me Mark :)
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Re: Will installing Windows overwrite Grub
« Reply #36 on: May 21, 2013, 10:39:42 pm »
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However I'm not a complete wimp i did make a stand, my main parts supplier introduced an online system where i can access their main stores and order parts directly, it worked as a IE plugin, I tried it for a while then told them I will not use it again until they make it compatible with Chromium and coincidently I was told today they're now working on a Chromium plugin

Glad to see that you are making changes for the better
As for Quickbooks, have you tried Business Accountz? It is not free but works on Linux too.

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« Reply #37 on: May 21, 2013, 10:54:24 pm »
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As for Quickbooks, have you tried Business Accountz? It is not free but works on Linux too.

Thanks for that I had a quick look there and it looks quite good and not too expensive at least not for the basic version the question is just how basic is basic, but it may be worth downloading the trial version and having a proper look I might just do that



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Re: Will installing Windows overwrite Grub
« Reply #38 on: May 21, 2013, 11:03:09 pm »
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the question is just how basic is basic,

This matrix might give you some idea.
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The second one is Autodata which is a vehicle technical data program which is only written for Windows and I need that program

Have you thought about using the online version of Autodata
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Re: Will installing Windows overwrite Grub
« Reply #39 on: May 21, 2013, 11:18:33 pm »
GNUcash is amazingly powerful/configurable .. more so than Quickbooks (in my experience), it's just a $%^er to set up and learn in the first place.

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Oh, and don't bother trying to get Autodata to run in WINE .. tried it .. failed.

Weren't Autodata going to do an online version ?

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« Reply #40 on: May 21, 2013, 11:27:59 pm »
See edit above. 8)

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Re: Will installing Windows overwrite Grub
« Reply #41 on: May 21, 2013, 11:48:55 pm »
That'd be a "yes" then ;)
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« Reply #42 on: May 22, 2013, 06:57:34 am »
Just had a look at the matrix SeZo posted, first drawback with the basic is it doesn't print invoices second is it doesn't manage customers or suppliers, these things alone are imperative, so I would need the professional or enterprise version which would still be incompatible with my accountants system

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Oh, and don't bother trying to get Autodata to run in WINE .. tried it .. failed.

I know I tried it as well, Quickbooks won't run in Wine either but I've been on to the Intuits forums and it looks like they might consider porting to Linux in the near future

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GNUcash is amazingly powerful/configurable .. more so than Quickbooks (in my experience), it's just a $%^er to set up and learn in the first place.

I have looked at GNUcash but I too found it difficult to set up and understand I also found it messy with files all over the hard drive

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Weren't Autodata going to do an online version ?

Yes and I'm currently looking into that, it works on a subscription basis and it's very expensive


 


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