[CS-FSLUG] OT: (Long) Help with Shepherd's Staff -- OnTopic: Moving to Open Source

Joseph Gulizia joseph.gulizia at gmail.com
Sat Jan 16 07:59:13 CST 2010

Church has been using Shepherd's Staff [?]on Windows XP [?][?] for many years.
I am having trouble doing the following:

1) Printing end of year statements...database errors.
2) Exporting to Excel ( the only spreadsheet option it gives )

I have to do end-of-year reporting soon and it's a pain.

Without starting a flame war I'd like to find a similar open source program
and one easier to use....I'm even thinking of hand entering all the current
data to excel until I can get Open Office approved.

The Board of Trustees won't upgrade Shepherd's Staff because we can't afford
it ( fine with me ) AND
I can't call their tech support because it's $65 per call.  The manuals are
confusing and tutorial videos either too long and boring or don't play well.

New minister may be open to moving to Open Source...trustee's wanted to wait
until he is on board also.

Machines are P3, 2.8 GHz, with 500 MB RAM....slow with Anti-virus and in my
view perfect for a version of Ubuntu CE or other Open Source OS.

Thank you,
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