"How to Find and Choose a Good Linux POS Software System (aka: Point of Sale Software)"
- By Jeff Haefner
Before choosing Linux based POS software, you should know about the pros and cons of a Linux based system because there are lots of options to consider. Not to mention, there are important nuances about Linux POS software that you should be aware of...
What are the advantages of Linux based point of sale software?
What are the disadvantages of Linux based POS software?
- Linux is remarkably stable. Properly configured, Linux systems will often run until the hardware fails or the system is shut off.
- You won't experience as many annoying viruses and bugs found in the Windows operating systems.
- Linux source code is freely distributed. To the typical retail owner, this probably doesn't mean much. However, in certain situations, this can be useful for custom development and solving technical problems with the operating system. This is only a benefit if you have a true Linux programming guru.
Don't get me wrong. Linux is a great operating system but I personally do NOT recommend limited your POS software choices based on an operating system.
- Depending on your type retail business, your choices can be very limited. Which means you might be giving up some important time saving and money making POS software features.
- Your other retail software applications might not run on Linux. In my experiences, almost every retail business wants to use other applications that will not run under Linux.
- Not as many computer techs know how to work on Linux. Depending on your location, sometime this can cause problems because you can't find anyone to work on your system quickly. Or you'll have to pay someone that actually knows Linux big bucks.
- A properly configured Windows server, can be very reliable too.
In other words, the operating system probably should NOT be the most important criteria for your decision. This is because you'll be dramatically limiting your choices and potential profits.
I suggest that you keep your mind open and start by looking for industry specific software.
You see, I highly recommend that almost all retailers find something designed for their specific industry. For example, a "jewelry store" should find some specific to that industry. This is not always the case, but you'll usually get a much higher return on your investment by going with industry specific POS software.
There are about 30 different vertical markets that have industry specific POS systems available. Just a few of those industries include Apparel, Lumber, Auto Parts, Grocery, Jewelry, Video Rental, Frame Shops and about 20 other vertical markets.
In any event, I know that you might be dead set on Linux point of sale software (no matter what anyone says)!
So how do you find and choose the best Linux POS software for your business?
To makes things easier (and perhaps help you avoid mistakes), I have created a complete buyers guide for you. It includes:
You can check out the buyers guide here:
- A step by step POS software selection process.
- A list of 41 Linux based POS software systems and a brief description.
- A search tool that will allow you to search for POS systems by industry and operating system.
- Hundreds of POS software reviews.
- A comparison template.
- A checklist of important features, so you don't miss anything important.
- Mistakes to avoid.
- Buying tips.
- And more...
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