Linux in Canada

Linux, the world's most well-known open source software, has been popular in Canada for quite some time. Linux costs considerably less than Microsoft, so people are likely to switch over. Not just people, but government institutions, like the city of Calgary, have adopted Linux software. After all, Canada’s largest supercomputer, the IBM iDataPlex at the University of Toronto, runs on Linux. Linux’s popularity has soared in Canada to such an extent that now people worry that favourite distros like Red Hat could become the target of viruses. Though some worry that Linux adoption in Canada in general has been slow, it has been notably high in certain areas. Nowadays, there are a number of Linux organisations, user groups, forums, and dedicated professionals who teach the software and tweak it for Canadian personal users. Read ahead for more information about best known entities helping ease Linux adaptation in Canada.


Linux Professional Institute Inc. (LPI)

LPI is a non-profit organisation in Canada that offers training and professional certification in Linux-based systems for Canadian programmers, system administrators, and other interested parties. The organisation issues LPIC certificates that are widely accepted by businesses to test employees’ and job applicants’ Linux competency. Though LPI is headquartered in Canada, it has many branches throughout the provinces. The exams the institution provides are available around the word and are administered by Linux training partners of LPI.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Education Services – US & Canada

HPE is an organisation that offers computer educational services in Linux for residents in the US and Canada. The organisation offers a number of courses in Linux for users of all levels. There are two “paths” students can take, one in system administration and the other in project management. HPE also focuses training on multiple Linux distros, including Red Hat Enterprise, SUSE Server, and Ubuntu.


NobleProg is a Polish IT consultancy and training organisation that offers Linux certification courses in Montreal. The company offers Linux courses varying from the very basic to professional levels for Canadians. Course fees range from $1880 to $6440. Courses also cover a number of Linux distros.

User Groups

Ottawa Canada Linux Users Group

This user group has been active for close to two decades promoting Linux use in the Ottawa area. The group maintains several mailing lists and occasionally conducts events for members to meet. The group is run by a diverse array of Linux enthusiasts. Some have only basic levels of knowledge, while others are pros. Meetings are held at notable locations around the city, especially the local public library.

GTALUG (formerly TLUG)

This group brings together Linux fans in the Toronto area. Anyone is welcome to join. The group provides users a place to discuss how to use and learn more about Linux. The group holds in-person meetings at “F2F” locations. Before real-life meetings are conducted, users hold discussions via email. Informal get-together events are held often, usually at local restaurants.

Calgary Linux Users Group Guild (CLUG)

CLUG is dedicated to bringing Linux users and interested parties together in the Calgary area. The group holds a monthly meeting on the first Wednesday of each month, usually at a room in the downtown campus of University of Calgary. Because the group is rather large, there are sub groups with specialised interests that meet separately. The group holds many training workshops, special get-together events and “installfests” where the public is invited to get help installing Linux software onto personal computers.


Most Canadian users discuss Linux on official and official distro forums. In addition, they may use the following: – An online forum dedicated to discussing open source software including Linux.

alt.linux – This is a public Google Group for users to discuss Linux, among other topics.

Linux Professionals

According to a report published by the Linux Foundation, the demand for professionals specialising in Linux is rapidly rising. Currently, the demand seems to exceed the supply. Companies are described as being “desperate” for employees who know the open source software inside out. Companies in search of Linux professionals and hiring Linux professionals are soaring in Canada. IT professionals, therefore, should focus on getting Linux skills on their resumes.

Personal Finance Software for Linux

The advantage of Linux over Mac and Windows is that bare bones installation of software usually contains everything one essentially needs. This is particularly true with personal finance software. The disadvantage with Linux is that the relative lack of ubiquity of the OS can make specialised software difficult to find. But if you look hard enough, there is plenty of software for all sorts of needs.

If you are a personal finance manager in Canada, or just an individual interested in managing private accounts digitally, Linux is a great platform for the software that will make your work get done fast and more efficiently. Most Linux personal finance software has features like tracking financial transactions, keeping records, and saving activities. You can find software that is easy to use and ones that require a certain level of effort. The list below has some of the best Linux personal finance software in terms of ease of use, functionality, and convenience:

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GnuCash is one of the best accounting software currently available. It's specialised in double-entry bookkeeping. The program is suited for both individuals and businesses. Small businesses will mostly benefit from GnuCash's advanced functions offered at an affordable rate. The software can track finances in more than one account, reconcile balances, and schedule transactions for later. The developers also offer excellent customer support for employees and vendors. The program is mainly written in C for desktop versions, and an Android version in Java is also available. The perks of this software include quick OFX and QIF file imports, HBCI support, and SQL support.


Moneydance is a mostly free personal finance software for Linux. It has a Windows-style, easy-to-use graphical interface. This powerful platform has convenient features such as automatic currency updates, multiple currency support, and cloud backup to Dropbox. The program is easy to install and there are frequent updates available to improve performance. You can get a quick and hassle-free overview of your finances with the simple Home Page. Overview includes features like overdue transactions, exchange rate information, and a calendar feature with reminders. The software comes with a graphing tool to generate visual representations of the accounts you are managing. There's also an account register feature that works like a digital version of a paper chequebook register. The regular price for the software is close to 50 USD, but you can have a free trial before buying.


Buddi is a personal finance program designed for total beginners with no prior experience in financing. The UI of this software is very easy to use. It’s so easy to use that you can basically do everything with the File and Edit menus. You can use the program to execute simple tasks like keeping track of your accounts, generating personal financial reports, and budgeting the household money. If you need to synchronise data or import and export files, you can install a plugin. This software has bare bones features, mind you, so it will probably not be suitable for small businesses or managers. Buddi is also free to use.

You Need A Budget

This excellent Linux software is best for personal users who want to make digital monthly budgets and compare incomes with the expenditures. The program is powered by Adobe AIR, which is known for providing sleek graphical interfaces for software. The appealing look makes this one of the best budgeting software to start managing monthly finances. Keep in mind that you need to be able to install Adobe AIR in order to use YNAB. Personal finance software can make budgeting less time intensive and costly. At home, having one of the above software will make it easy for you to keep track of your money and balance the household budget. Small businesses can automate certain tasks using this type of software to reduce the tedious workload the accountants face.