I have a pc that is still fairly powerful but with Windows XP (Pentium 4 3Ghz 4 Gb Ram).
It is used by someone who is not computer expert (I would say a really basic user) only for browsing and printing invoices.
The invoicing software is something that I developed like 10 years ago in Visual Basic, it is simple and functional and still running well.
This VB software is only the reason why I still keep XP in this computer, I would like to get rid of it and switch to Ubuntu latest release.
From what I have read here, the solutions are:
- Use & configure Wine with a default printer.
- Rewrite the software with Gambas.
- Rewrite the VB software as a PHP/MySql web application and use Firefox or Chromium for printing to a default printer.
Now I never used Wine or Gambas, but I can easily creare the web application.
I am kind of afraid that with the first 2 solutions I will have to spend a lot of time in configuration, test and acquire knowledge that I don't have. Also I read about many people having troubles with printers in Wine and Gambas. And with the 3rd solution I am afraid that it will turn out to be not much professional/slow/problematic because it needs a working internet connection and everything will be online.
What do you think it will be the best approach?