[sf-lug] Retail Software in Linux (Bookstore)

Brian Morris cymraegish at gmail.com
Sun Aug 22 20:17:50 PDT 2010

Hi, does anyone know about retail "point-of-sale" tools for Linux for
regular not online stores (although on-line purchasing might be
included and might be provided already by an independent service) -
which includes cash register accounting, bar code reading, inventory
control and purchasing ?

I do not need this for myself but I have talked with a couple of
merchants in my neighborhood, there are three bookstores, one does
everything by hand, one uses an ancient windows system (like Win95 or
98), another uses a new mac system. The second one specifically has
said they have thought about Linux, they cannot really afford to buy a
new commercial system *compatible with the book trade* and don't like
to give Microsoft $$ anyway, but they could not determine if anything
suitable was available in Linux at the time (a few years back)...

Note they all say they require special software compatible with the
book trade, although I wonder  if that is really just a format of some
sort, that is really just a sort of trick, an easy hack...


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