Very interesting question. Can Open Source Application software meet the needs of a Retail Point of Sales System? Depending on your requirements and needs, for a certain segment of retailers, it may be "good enough". At this point, with the customer I work with, open source retail point of sales software still has a ways to go.
Nevertheless, if you're in the market and selecting a point of sales system, here are some things to keep in mind:
- stable, growing platform with marketshare and ecosystem of partners (reduce operational risk, reduce operational costs)- aligns with Retail Industry Standards and IT Industry Standards and built with IT industry best practices (enhance operational flexibility, reduce operational costs)- complies to Retail Security mandates (conform to compliance)- open for integration (enhance operational flexibility)
Open Source Point-of-Sale Systems: Worth A Look? | The VAR GuyCha-ching. That’s the noise open source companies hope to hear as they launch new point-of-sale solutions for VARs and retail customers. But can open source POS systems compete with traditional, popular options from Dell, Microsoft, IBM, NCR and others?
The VAR Guy can’t say for sure, but he’s seeing progress on the open source front. Here’s the update.
Openbravo has launched Openbravo POS 2.0. The new platform has an improved user interface, more reporting features, global localization features, and some other bells and whistles. Openbravo acquired the base POS technology when it snapped up Librepos in 2007. (In its early days, the software was known as TinaPOS.)
Meanwhile, Novell continues to push forward with various point-of-sale software partnerships. One of which, with 360 Commerce (now owned by Oracle), promotes POS technology on SuSE Linux. Novell also has a specialized operating system, called SuSE Linux Point of Service, that’s back by IBM, NCR and SAP.