The Way Business Is Moving published by
Issue Date: April 2008

First locally developed free and BSD Licensed open source POS system released

3 April 2008

Cubit Accounting Software, which develops, supplies and maintains the locally developed Cubit Accounting package, has released a BSD licensed Point of Sale system.
Targeted at the local retail SMME market, the package has been developed specifically for local conditions, and has been running at a few local businesses for the past six months.
Cubit CEO Andre Coetzee says it is the first locally developed Open Source solution tailored specifically for this market, and that it includes all aspects of retail sales. The system can be installed on all Windows, Apple Mac and Linux platforms. The BSD software license was chosen because in this application it allows the local software industry to grow.
With the current emphasis on high petrol costs and a weak Rand the South African software industry has the potential to generate the software that we use ourselves and even export technology. This in turn will create new job opportunities in the ICT sector and result in more affordable and competing software products for hard pressed consumers.
With the BSD license the application source code belongs to everyone and anyone may change, customise and add to the software without even having to disclose the source code to anyone. Anyone may also download the source code, recompile, re-brand it and sell it to anyone else," he says.
BSD licensing means that the source code belongs to you and the local software industry can do almost anything they like with it. With enough support from the ICT industry this will hopefully be the first of many BSD licensed software releases to the advantage of the country and the entire South African ICT industry," Coetzee adds.
The software and source code is available for download from

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