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GnuCash Linux on Chromebook via Linux Beta Crostini

May 5, 2019 Leave a comment

I’ve been looking for some time for a solution to run the GnuCash free accounting software local on the Chromebook, now we have it.

This is not the android version of GnuCash via Google Play, this is a full install of GnuCash Linux running in a Linux Container on the Chromebook.

Here is how to install it.

Turn on the Linux (Beta) container for your Chromebook under the settings (you might need a more current Chromebook, I’m running Google Chrome OS version 73 on a Samsung Chromebook 3 XE501C13-K02US as of this writing).

Once the Linux (Beta) is installed and run (this will take some time), you will get a command prompt, this is containerized Linux.  From here you can use the apt-get command to install GnuCash from the default Debian repository.  Simply type:

  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install gnucash

Once the gnucash install is finished (this will take some time too), you can run the GnuCash program by just typing the command “gnucash” (as indicated in the above image).

This will launch the GnuCash user interface and one can start creating a new GnuCash file or use an existing one.

A couple of notes:

  • The current version in the Debian repository is GnuCash version 2.6.15, the latest in the version 2.6.x series is 2.6.21, not sure if this will be updated anytime soon.
  • The current latest version of GnuCash is 3.5, so for simple accounting the 2.6.15 version may be suitable
  • The gnucash files are installed in their respective directories to run the program and any .gnucash data files can be saved in the linux container which is also available as a folder on the Chromebook after installing the Linux (Beta).
  • I’m looking into more if the current GnuCash 3.5 code can be manually installed in the linux container (it should), but will take time to understand it more and get it running.
  • A GnuCash Icon will be added as part of Linux App group on the Chromebook (see the image below).

So for the cost of a Chromebook one can now get into free double entry accounting software.

Enjoy!

– Dom

 

Winner winner NB3 plant based dinner!

April 25, 2019 Leave a comment

My son Kyle participated in the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation’s “Health Kids! Healthy Futures! Native American Youth App Contest”.  He teamed up with his friend Kaiya (who is homeschooled), to develop a mobile app idea targeted at Native Youth to help combat Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity.  Their mobile app design (previous blog post here) was selected for the final round and combined with a third applicant’s idea to incorporate exercise and meal information.  The three students then worked for another 6 weeks with a local software development company, 11 Online, to see their design become a reality and a minimum viable product (MVP) was created.  Kyle and Kaiya split the $1750 prize money with the third participant, a native high school student from Albuquerque.  Along with the award ceremony, we had a wonderful plant based dinner from ItalityNM.com from Jemez Pueblo, NM.

It was fun coaching Kyle and Kaiya through parts of the IBM Enterprise Design Thinking process to develop user desired outcomes to battle childhood Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity.  All the players worked hard to develop the Mobile App MVP … please take the time to look at the photo gallery below and small video showing the early modeling of the app.

Here is the Figma link that the video was made from (not sure how long this link will be good):

https://www.figma.com/file/Qz03jMJZHpwwMv2k8dE8uyYk/Trim-Tracker?node-id=0%3A1

Thanks again to the NB3 Foundation for creating a contest to challenge our native youth in the areas of design and software development!

– Dom

 

NB3F Mobile App Contest Submission

November 14, 2018 Comments off

So proud of my son Kyle and a fellow 8th grader Kaiya for spending more than 15 hours going through the IBM Design Thinking process to develop a mobile app design to compete in the Notah Begay III Foundation National Youth App Contest.  The goal of the contest was to get native youth (grades 8 to 12) to design a mobile app to combat obesity and type 2 diabetes among native american youth through exercise and diet.  One key to getting native youth hooked into mobile technology design and development is to show them the various tasks related to hardware and software design.  They had fun learning user centered design and creating content for the contest which was due on 10/31/2018.

Here are a couple images from their submission and a link to their NB3F mobile app design document.

Also I was very happy FatPipe Rio Rancho opened up in September 2018, this company provided a nice meeting space (in between all the sports and other student activities which forced us to meet in the evenings and weekends) to collaborate and get through the design process.  Thanks FatPipe Rio Rancho!

– Dom

FUSE Makerspace powered by CNM Ingenuity, Inc – Albuquerque, New Mexico

September 27, 2017 Leave a comment

I started on the board of directors for CNM Ingenuity, Inc back in February this year and this has been one of the most visible and impressive efforts of this organization so far (after the deep dive coding boot camp).  This new maker space allows anyone in the Albuquerque area access to tools and support to truely innovate and bring business ideas to life.  Check out the website!

https://fusemakerspace.org/

GnuCash 2.6.15 Accounting Software on the Raspberry Pi

August 27, 2017 5 comments

I updated one of my Raspberry Pis to the new Strech OS for the Raspberry Pi and was pleasantly surprised to see a update to a newer stable version of GnuCash 2.6.15.  A major update since the 2.6.4 version … Woo hoo!!!

Raspberry Pi Hands On Workshop number two complete at Rio Rancho Loma Colorado Public Library

March 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Saturday 3/18 was my second introduction to the Raspberry Pi Hands on Workshop at the Loma Colorado Public Library in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.  

Another nearly full class to learn about with this capable computer can do.

Future hands on workshops for the following teach dates:

  • April 8, 2017
  • April 29, 2017
  • May 20, 2017

Don’t forget, if you want to sign up for a workshop, you need to use the Loma Colorado Calendar of Events page.

If you want to see all the Raspberry Pi related posts on my blog, click on this link …

https://dompruitt.com/raspberry-pi-rio-rancho-albuquerque-new-mexico/


– Dominic

A successful first Raspberry Pi Hands On Workshop at Rio Rancho Loma Colorado Public Library

March 1, 2017 Leave a comment

This last weekend (Saturday 2/25), I held my first Introduction to the Raspberry Pi Hands on Workshop at the Loma Colorado Public Library in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.  I had a total of 8 attendees (full house) ranging from youth to adults that wanted to know more about this inexpensive computer.  Feedback was great and it ranged from having a great experience with a new educational computer to interest in physical compute (using the GPIO pins) and more advanced topics.

I am looking forward to refining the content for the future hands on workshops for the following teach dates:

  • March 18, 2017
  • April 8, 2017
  • April 29, 2017
  • May 20, 2017

Don’t forget, if you want to sign up for a workshop, you need to use the Loma Colorado Calendar of Events page.

If you want to see all the Raspberry Pi related posts on my blog, click on this link … https://dompruitt.com/raspberry-pi-rio-rancho-albuquerque-new-mexico/

Here are several pictures from the class:

rpihow1

rpihow2

rpihow3

I also want to thank the City of Rio Rancho and the Loma Colorado Public Library staff, the facility is a great place to teach about technology, the support was awesome to make this event happen, and the internet access speeds are some of the best in the state!

– Dominic

 

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