[TriLUG] Linux Point of Sale
gregbrown at mindspring.com
Wed Mar 23 09:25:17 EST 2005
I'm totally buried with my current projects so I apologize half-answer
but somewhere on the Apple.com website there is a company that apple
profiled who used iMacs for POS.. if memory serves the same company
that produced the Mac software produced Linux software as well.
Also, in the latest copy of Linux Journal there was an add for small
thermal printers that now have Linux drivers - the little printers that
are ideal for credit card slips.
Hope this helps.
On Mar 21, 2005, at 3:54 PM, Aaron Bockover wrote:
> I am going to be building a few systems for a small retail book store
> They are looking to have a main POS system with a cash drawer, receipt
> printer, normal/inkjet/laser printer, credit card swipey thingy, and
> barcode scanner. This system should record all transactions on the main
> server that I will be building, preferably over NFS.
> Every thing needs to obviously be Linux based, so I'm looking for any
> existing POS software solutions that run under Linux. I'd be open to
> nice ncurses interfaces or something atop X -- X, GTK, QT -- don't
> The software should work with all the necessary devices. The thermal
> receipt printer (IBM SureMark 4160) works over serial ... I can "echo
> 'Test' > /dev/ttyS0" and it prints, so that should be easy. It also has
> a check reader/impact printer for filling out checks, but I'm not sure
> how this works. I haven't been able to print to that. (If anyone knows
> -- I'd love some help here too!). I presume the barcode scanner is just
> PS/2, so that shouldn't be an issue.
> Anywhoo -- if anyone knows of any software, or wants to comment on
> similar setups, I would greatly appreciate the help/advice.
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