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SLE-POS (Point of Service)

Retailing is a tough business. Profit margins are thin, and mega retailers reduce these already tiny margins. Competitors use new technology to become more agile and provide more reliable service. So, can switching to a new operating system help you deal with these challenges and strengthen your competitive advantage? The answer is yes.

From brick-and-mortars to pure-play Web outlets, retailers are turning to Linux to improve operations, extend customer services, and save money. The retail industry has reached a tipping point. Several factors have emerged that together are driving mass adoption of the Linux solutions for POS from Novell, in-store servers and headquarters servers by retailers around the globe.

  • Old POS terminals running DOS or Windows need replacement, opening the opportunity to rethink long-term platform strategy.
  • Linux and other standards (JavaPOS, UPOS, ARTS and so on) have created an extremely stable and open platform for retail applications.
  • Linux and open source standards (like JavaPOS, UPOS, ARTS and so on) have created an extremely stable and open platform for retail applications.
  • IT executives have tested Linux and now plan to implement it throughout their organizations, so deploying Linux on in-store servers and on POS terminals fits their strategic direction.
  • Open standards drive down the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for retail technology, with the Novell Linux solutions for Retail leading the way.

Intelligently meet and exceed your in-store computing needs at low cost. Suse Linux Enterprise Server empowers retailers to leverage Linux and open source by delivering a high-performance foundation. It quickly delivers the data and services your system needs to speed up computing, which helps you meet the needs and desires of your customers.

With Suse Linux Enterprise Point of Service (SLE-POS), you can:

  • Reduce your total cost of ownership through lower-cost software and hardware and simplified management
  • Increase the flexibility of your POS devices and image building and management
  • Enjoy greater reliability and uptime of your POS devices
  • Utilize stronger security to prevent data loss
  • Explore all vendor options: Suse Linux Enterprise Point of Service is open and compatible with many systems, and virtually eliminates vendor lock-in
  • Get a complete solution through the global Novell partner ecosystem

What’s New

Suse Linux Enterprise Point of Service enables retailers to provide richer customer experiences, accelerate customer checkout, respond quickly to customer needs, work more efficiently with partners and enhance overall store operations. With Suse Linux Enterprise Point of Service, you get all the stability, cost and flexibility advantages of Linux. And the new version comes with some exciting new features:

  • New operating system base Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11
  • SLEPOS delivers templates for use by the KIWI image building tool instead of inflexible pre-built images.
  • Enablement for latest hardware based on Suse Linux Enterprise 11
    • Automated hardware detection reduces the number of special templates needed.
  • Support of offline Branch Server setup to help set up newly opened shops which have no direct connection with the central LDAP yet:
    • Export of all LDAP data for a specific Branch Server on the Administration Server to a file
    • Setup of a Branch Server with local LDAP cache from an export file
  • eDirectory™ support in addition to the default openLDAP support
  • Tools to migrate LDAP settings and configuration from Novell Linux Point of Service 9 servers to Suse Linux Enterprise Point of Service 11 servers
  • Security enhancements, e.g. encrypted LDAP communication, ACL certificates
  • New features in the image building tools
    • The KIWI Image System provides a complete operating system image solution for Linux supported hardware platforms as well as for virtualization systems. The KIWI architecture was designed as a two-level system. The first stage, based on a valid software package source, creates a so-called physical extend according to the provided image description. The second stage creates an operating system image from a required physical extend. The result of the second stage is called a logical extend, which is also known as an image.
  • Extended documentation, including ready-to-run setup example scripts

More SLE-POS resources :

A business presentation (PDF) on Suse Linux Enterprise POS 11, is available for download  here.

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