[SATLUG] HEB POS systems use Linux

Herb Cee hc at lookcee.com
Sat Dec 26 22:12:15 CST 2009

      /History/ of Cash Registers and Retail /Point of Sale/ Systems

The /history/ of retail /point of sale/ systems began in an 1870s 
Dayton, OH saloon. In 1879, the Ritty brothers patented their invention 
as Ritty's *...


I think BOA was first to use POS in mainframe IBM 705 late 1950s
Michael Sellers wrote:
> That must be when it acquired the term POS.
> Mike Sellers
> On Dec 26, 2009, at 20:43, Brian Lewis <astro at astr0.org> wrote:
> That's interesting.. When I worked at HEB back in ~2000 (at the Oak Park HEB AKA GucciB - Gotta love the 09ers ;) all of our POS were running Windows NT.. I remember specifically because one of the registers always crapped out and I would have to fix it by hooking up a normal keyboard to the PC and toying around until we figured it out. I'm wondering when they switched.. 
> -b
> On Dec 26, 2009, at 11:46 AM, Henry Pugsley wrote:
> On Sat, Dec 26, 2009 at 11:32 AM, Jeremy Mann <jeremymann at gmail.com> wrote:
> Xmas eve I was at my local HEB at Bandera/1604 and there was a power
> outage while I was in the checkout line. As the geek like I am, I
> immediately looked at the screen while it was rebooting. They are Dell
> computers set to PXE boot a Linux image! I saw the kernel loading as
> well as the ramdisk image (I couldn't tell what kernel version it was
> though). It was a matter of about 10 seconds before the HEB POS system
> was back and the clerk logged it.
> Pretty cool!
> Way to go HEB :)  I was talking to a friend yesterday who does PC
> repair and they got called out to Zaxby's because they use Windows XP
> on their POS system and it got a virus .. they couldn't open for the
> day because their POS system was down.  At least with a netboot system
> clearing a virus or worm is as simple as a reboot.
> -Henry

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