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GNUCash 2.0 on Ubuntu Dapper

It’s that time of the month again when I have to do a VAT return, so my attention is drawn towards accounting software for Linux. Having just got the latest and greatest version of GNUCash installed on Ubuntu I’d like to share how I did it:

  1. Open http://www.yourfilelink.com/get.php?fid=151771 and http://www.yourfilelink.com/get.php?fid=151772 and download gnucash-common_2.0.1-1_all.deb and gnucash_2.0.1-1_i386.deb from there. (via)
  2. Install the .deb files using the following command: sudo dpkg -i gnucash-common_2.0.1-1_all.deb gnucash_2.0.1-1_i386.deb
  3. You may get an error like this:

    dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of gnucash:
    gnucash depends on g-wrap; however:
    Package g-wrap is not installed.
    dpkg: error processing gnucash (–install):
    dependency problems – leaving unconfigured
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    gnucash

    If you do, run the command sudo apt-get -f install which will download g-wrap guile-1.6-dev guile-library libffi4-dev libgwrap-runtime0-dev libncurses5-dev libreadline5-dev and any other dependencies.

  4. Finally, you’ll be greeted with the following message:

    Setting up libgwrap-runtime0-dev (1.9.6-3) …
    Setting up g-wrap (1.9.6-3) …
    Setting up gnucash (2.0.1-1) …

Happy budgeting and accounting!

While on the subject of VAT, since Google is a US company, Europeans don’t have to pay VAT on our Adsense earnings, yet. This article by Jennifer Slegg suggests that some EU countries may decide to charge VAT on online earnings. That’s a little crazy because Google doesn’t add VAT to the invoices of European publishers. If something like that happened in Ireland I’d be out of pocket by an extra 21% plus the normal 42% tax I pay on earnings at the top level. Ouch. (via)