[SATLUG] HEB POS systems use Linux

Michael Sellers msellers at sbcglobal.net
Sun Dec 27 08:12:32 CST 2009

I was making a funny. POS also stands for 'piece of sh--'

Mike Sellers

On Dec 26, 2009, at 22:12, Herb Cee <hc at lookcee.com> wrote:

    /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.. 

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.


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