System requirements Moneydance Linux

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Andrea Morello

12 Aug, 2020 01:43 AM

We need the specs for the VM we are building for our financial programs to keep them separate from other programs.

  1. 1 Posted by jeff_l on 12 Aug, 2020 08:46 AM

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    Is this a Linux question or a Moneydance question? Perhaps you should ask this in a Linux forum.

    I would say that to keep your financial software separate from everything else, you should go to Users & Groups in Linux & Add a new user account specifically for you financial programs.

    How many have you got? I know that there are quite a few packages in the Linux Software Manager (I’ve tried most of them), but in my opinion, you won’t find another one better, or even close to Moneydance.

    Why don’t you just go ahead & download the trial version.

    Jeff – just a user

  2. 2 Posted by Andrea Morello on 12 Aug, 2020 08:42 PM

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    When I talk about financial programs, what I am referring to is more of our
    financial browsing- where we log into our banking websites as well as where
    we keep track of our finances.

    We currently HAVE a licensed version of Moneydance 2019 ( Purchased April
    2019), but the VM has been running into problems overall. (It’s a Windows 7
    VM that we are taking down since 7 is no longer updated.

    We have gone with the VM option to completely sandbox financials to avoid
    keyloggers etc from our regular browsing.

    In my browsing looking for an answer to my question:


    I was not able to scope a clear answer to this question, and I also found
    that when someone else asked a very similar question in September 2018 that
    the question was DANCED around then, too!

    How much memory does this program need?
    How much processing power?

    Our current VM runs out of memory when we have more than 3 programs open
    and it always wants us to close Moneydance.

    So WHAT are the RESOURCE REQUIREMENTS for Moneydance for Linux?!

  3. 3 Posted by sprimost on 12 Aug, 2020 09:21 PM

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    From: sprimost

    Just a user.

    This one is going to be an "it depends" because of a number of factors:

    (1) which LINUX are you referencing...there is a slight difference on
    memory management between the different flavors and then the different
    desktop environments.

    (2) memory usage is factored into two sets: "Private" (or the code
    specific to the application) and "Shared" (or the library files shared
    among all applications).

    (3) imprecise definition of memory usage, such as the difference between
    GB and GiB.

    (4) what other applications are running at the same time, such as do you
    need Libre Office Calc simultaneously.

    Having a done a number of tests with different flavors of LINUX and then
    installing on various types of computers, I can only hazard a real "open
    sky" estimate from what I have seen. Remember that using a VM, one can
    increase the allocated memory (as well as increasing the video memory).
    Also, when running a VM guest, you might be up against the maximum
    memory of the host machine, forcing it to swap. Running out of swap
    space can cause everything to crash (I leave it up to you to determine
    the proper amount of swap space to be configured.) Even the VM should be
    configured with SWAP, else it might (as you have noted) crash.

    On a relatively well-tuned system, I can see that I have three java
    programs (one of which is Moneydance...not sure of the other two) with
    1.1GiB of "Shared" and 1.2 GiB of "Private". To note, the "Shared" may
    not (and are probably not) just JAVA libraries but includes system
    (LINUX and Desktop Environment) libraries (ya gotta have those GUI
    screens at the cost of using memory/system functions of the DE.

    So, in a VM, using, say Ubuntu, Moneydance runs within a 2GB memory
    (configured) space). ArchLINUX flavors run a bit less. But, as left
    unstated, you might be running LibreOffice Calc, so only profiling your
    complete use case, can you get an answer.

    As I stated before, your usage may vary.

    Hope this helps


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