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FloreantPOS Joined
Mar / 2010

Our Initiative for Open source POS

Floreant POS is a Platform independent Touch Point of Sales application that targets to caters with different size of restaurants. FP project started 3 years back and since that time it has produced all the required functionalities. We have tested this system in a famous fine dining running 24 x 7 and has 4 touch screen terminals. Software is released free with source code and compilation instruction.

As of today FP can handle various complexities of dining restaurant , for example, multi-level menu, food grouping, modifiers, drawer pull, kitchen ticket, ESC/POS ticket printing and handle payment in credit card, debit card and cash, and has drawer pull report as well as reports printed in PC printer.

Key features are
  • Food server Touch screen activities : To Create, Edit, Merge, Split, Void, Reorder and Payout tickets. Can be used for sitting restaurants, drive through, carry out or home delivery. screenshot
  • Manager facilities : To operate Drawer Pull, Drawer bleed, Credit card Tips payment & reports in Receipt printer. screenshot
  • Kitchen Print : Route instructions to Kithen receipt printe. Track wastage and assign dedicated Kitchen printers for different terminals
  • Backoffice : Provides Friendly interface for managing Food Menu, Special Packages, Beverates, Modifers, Cooking instruction. Faciliates Forced beverage by Guest count and can deal with Shift wise pricing and festival discounts.screenshot
  • Cash terminals : Handles combination of payment types in Cash or different type of cards. Automatically calculate Discounts by percent and fixed amounts and accepts Giftcard and Coupon
  • MIS Reports : Ships with standard set of financial reports including Sales summary and detail report, Hourly income report, Gratuity (Tips) report, drawer pull and Credit card reports. screenshot
  • Robust technology : Client server POS powered by Java DB / Apache Derby, Java, Hibernate and JavaPOS API. Floreant POS has been tested on multiple terminals running in Windows, Linux and Mac 10.x

    We would like to know if you have any suggestion to make it better.

DavidPGHJoined
Apr / 2010
DavidPGH

Looks cool... Is there an easy way to hook in an online ordering solution to Floreant POS?

FloreantPOSJoined
Mar / 2010
FloreantPOS

Yes. Its possible. We have plan to do in next quarter. Its backend database is directly connectable to PHP or JSP . So only thing is how you need it.

pospersonJoined
Jan / 2009
posperson

Open source software certainly has a place in the world of computers and information processing. But it should NEVER be used for any financial control functions.  Let's not forget the the primary purpose of restauarant POS is financial control.

The reason for this statement should be obvious. Open source, by definition, can be modified by anyone with the prerequisite programming skills. Do you want your computer literate bartender to be able to make every third tab disappear from your financial results?

 

FloreantPOSJoined
Mar / 2010
FloreantPOS

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Open source software certainly has a place in the world of computers and information processing. But it should NEVER be used for any financial control functions.  Let's not forget the the primary purpose of restaurant POS is financial control.

The reason for this statement should be obvious. Open source, by definition, can be modified by anyone with the prerequisite programming skills. Do you want your computer literate bartender to be able to make every third tab disappear from your financial results?

 

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Dear posperson I agree with importance of security in any Financial system but your advice regarding Open source product cannot be agreed. In computer security System level security and Application level security are two different issues. If you let anyone directly access your computer and play around with any file, say delete it or replace it then anything can happen. Do you think the best ever Closed source product will ensure security of that wild environment? Lets give a raw example. For the sake of brevity say SecuredPOS is the most secured closed source software. But in previously described situation no source code is needed to break the system. A clever programmer can create a Fake login screen and log passwords.  Or simply install a Key logger from a warez site or observe everything from Remote admin tool. So Its must that  System admin should ensure System level security. If  someone has concept that open source executables are easily changed then its worng. All executables are practically impossible to change. Open source does not mean its OPEN BINARY that anyone quickly change the binary(well,  Some hackers can edit binary ..and crack.. they can do it to any close source apps.. you know even Nortol Antivirus has been patched by hackers..but thats diff chapter) Now I am not sure why an evil employee will take risk as well  go into analyzing huge lines of java code to recompile the source code, but I accepted your story that he might download and compile original source code of Floreant POS  to disappear a button. (no idea what will be return of that huge effort ? if that evil guy needs to alter cash he would rather install keylogger to get admin pass) . Replacing editing and recompiled program can be easily detected. Restaraunt owner can take care of his custom codes and special settings.  I repeat if in your PC you have admin right open, you can be easily affected with closed source code.  Open source app are actually more secured than closed source. You may get surprised linux is more secured  operating system than windows latest version. Because in user community open soruce is continously inspected by many many users, so any slightest chance is reported (in closed source you never know what tricks they did inside code) . Bugs are submitted and often fixes are provided by senior developers before open source could do that. Thats another reason many secured servers are running on Linux. In this specific case  Floreant POS    has been running in one restaurant in Dennys Food Chain. It was compared with branded Closed source product Par Pixel Point POS and they find it having enough security and control over cash. To include we have users different level of access - managers has own menu, Owner has special admin features and every sensitive cash transactions are logged.  In addition drawer pull and other accounting features with advanced reports provides gives huge protection against Fraudulent activities. I know  there are mental barrier to accept open source for traditoinal software people.  This article will help understanding my points: http://www.dwheeler.com/oss_fs_why.html Thanks again for your comment in this thread.

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