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NolaPro: The Right Tool for the Job?

For many small to medium businesses Point Of Sale software is often out of reach cost wise. There are many solutions but most are either too complex to use or too costly to afford. Fortunately companies like NolaPro are creating original, affordable, open source tools to meet the needs of small to medium business POS.

I have successfully installed and used Nolapro in the company I work for. It's a simple, reliable, and affordable means to an often overwhelming end. My screenshot gallery details the installation and initial configuration of NolaPro so that your company can enjoy the benefits of a robust POS system.

The Job

I was tasked with finding a cost-cutting Point Of Sale solution for the hair salon for which I am employed (as both stylist and sole-IT admin.) Although the job seemed simple, I quickly found out just how hard it was to find an open source solution for this task.

The Tool

NolaPro

Fortunately my search lead me to NolaPro. This application is promised to solve all of my Point Of Sale needs. The feature set is as rich as other, more costly solutions (which often require the purchase of proprietary hardware.) NolaPro can be installed on either Linux or Windows (or can be hosted, for a fee, on the NolaPro servers.) I opted to install the system on Linux. The requirements are simple:

Hardware: Any intel-based PC running any modern Linux OS.

Software:

  • Apache Webserver
  • MySQL >= 4 Database
  • PHP >= 4
  • Zend Optimizer
  • lDialog (Linux standard)

Once the dependencies are met it's time to install.

The Right Tool for the Job?

This post and my related screenshot gallery only skim the surface of the power of Nolapro. But obviously this open source POS is a powerful solution that should easily fit the bill for your business. Small, Medium, or Large - Nolapro has proven to me to be the perfect solution for anyone wanting a powerful POS solution without breaking their business' bank. Give Nolapro a go - you won't regret it.

View my comprehensive screenshot gallery on NolaPro.

About

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen.com.

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