View Full Version : [ubuntu] POS printer for Ubuntu

April 12th, 2010, 10:34 AM
I am looking for a Point of sale (POS) Printer that:

Is used for printing receipts.
Works with Ubuntu.

What would you recommend?

June 5th, 2010, 12:22 PM
I was curious if you have found a solution yet...
I would assume that majority of them should be compatible with
linux in general... Working for one of the major companys that is
in the point of sale business. I have understood some of the concepts
but the software is a bit more advanced than I can actually understand
for my own personal desires...

But what I have learned. MOST of the manufactures should be using OPOS
or JPOS or whatever technology.. which is all open source. and how I understand
it and could be completely WRONG...

is that these are almost DRIVERLESS drivers... meaning... cross platform type
of way of communicating with any POS peripheral. And when I could find Epson
drivers for WINDOWS... but not for NCR printers... could only find the OPOS stuff.
which I have YET to understand how to utilize. but realize all the printing was going
thru THAT and not windows itself even though the printer I was using was on the
windows platform...

so, my theory... it should be cross platform, with that OPOS/JPOS/ stuff... which is
a universal, standardization of using POS equipment. but how to use it... I have no

I hope that helps and if you figure out. I hope you can tell me!

June 6th, 2010, 03:22 AM
The Star Micronics TSP100U is supposed to work with Ubuntu, according to the resellers and their tech support.
I have not yet tried it myself.
See these PDFs:

November 3rd, 2010, 08:04 PM
I'm building myself a little POS system for my company. It's Python and GTK+ running on Ubuntu 10.10.

For the printer, I went with the USB version of a Star TSP-650 Thermal Receipt Printer. I had to build the manufacturer provided drivers since for my system (AMD64) but it was quite painless. Works great. Here are my notes:

Star TSP600 Series Printers in Ubuntu Linux (http://www.micahcarrick.com/star-tsp650-tsp651-printer-ubuntu-linux.html)

If you haven't already taken care of this piece yet, I also got a MagTek USB Swipe Reader working for credit cards:

MagTek Credit Card Reader in Linux (http://www.micahcarrick.com/credit-card-reader-pyusb.html)

December 6th, 2010, 09:50 AM
Could I ask the reason why you decided to write your own? What are the options that are available for Ubuntu. Thanks for any advise.