I can’t beleive the state of the market with regards Linux for EPOS / Retail systems. It is basically a one player market. You have either IBM’s Solution, which is basically SLES 8 with OpenLDAP and bunch of Perl scripts for managment. Or you have Novell’s offering which is basically SLES 9 with a bunch of managment stuff on top of that.

The managment stuff is just keeping info about each till and what config it has. It’s not rocket science, and there is a bunch of stuff to keep the OS up-to-date. Both are quite ugly under the hood.

What I want to know is how come Novell / SUSE have been let to corner the market? Where is the Debian based distro’s that could do this sort of thing with it’s eyes closed.

I am glad we are running Linux, but sort of annoyed that the choice of distro is limited.