graeme_p - 8:05 am on Mar 8, 2010 (gmt 0)
@caribguy, I am not familiar with Quickbooks, so I cannot really answer. The Linux accounts apps I know of are Gnucash (for small biz with simple needs only - I have used it) and Ledger SMB. There are others if you Google, including some proprietary ones.
@dstiles, if you use KDE you probably should not use Ubuntu. I do not have the Klipper bugs on Mandriva. I know of no Linux clipboard manager with all the features of Clipmate. It might be worth suggesting some of the features to the Klipper devs.
Kate, KWrite and Scribes (the text editors I use) all notify you when a file updates. Kate is quite configurable so you might be able to get it to suit you.
Regarding Quanta, try the various IDEs. Does the problem occur with other KDE apps?
I have no idea about genealogy.
Moving an Access DB might be another difficult one, but you could try Kexi (part of KOffice).
Lots of BSD fans here! How is hardware support - especially laptops?