Connecting EFTPOS terminals to FreeBSD

Da Rock freebsd-questions at
Wed May 15 02:43:15 UTC 2013

I have a client looking for a POS system and they need to be able to 
connect an EFTPOS terminal (credit/debit card terminal) to obtain data 
for transactions from. Has anyone here had any experience with this?

I'm used to servers and such, but the goal here is to use a CRM (vTiger 
or such) with ERP/POS, and the server is in a room and the POS terminal 
in another (naturally). It currently works with a very basic accounts 
package running on Winblows, and the aim is to have a web based POS 
system (or similar) for online/instore transactions, with a secure 
EFTPOS terminal just at the front desk.

Ideally we want to be able to use any web enabled system to be able to 
dropped in for quick deployment to use as a POS system and maintenance 
is kept to the server backend.

My research so far has dragged up a lot of Winblows only solutions, and 
some IP based ones. I'm wondering how hard it is to get a serial 
connection working for linux/BSD to the EFT terminal? Or if that is even 
a consideration at all if it needs to communicate to a web based POS 
system- does that mean it has to IP based to communicate directly with 
the server itself?

If anyone has some dev material (or links to such) would be handy as 
well- I need to get a far better picture of all this.


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