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

jim jim at well.com
Sun Aug 22 21:16:33 PDT 2010

   One of the guys I work with and I have talked about 
creating some kind of Linux distro for retail stores; 
we hadn't thought of book stores (thanks for the tip!). 
   I bet that it's pretty much standard software that's 
got a customized database, maybe with fields for bar 
code info, ISDN number, standard cost structures and 
returns, la la la, maybe some custom configuration for 
communications, and pretty standard inventory and other 
accounting software, likely with tie ins for cash 
registers and bar code scanners. 
   I entered http://www/google.com/linux in the address 
bar of my browser and in the google search box typed 
linux point of sale retail bookstore or something 
similar and was surprised at how hard I had to look to 
find actual software that was in the ballpark: 
http://www.advanceware.net/ sells an inventory 
management package that integrates with QuickBooks. 

On Sun, 2010-08-22 at 20:17 -0700, Brian Morris wrote:
> 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...
> Brian
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