Originally posted by Webster21
I also also looking into building a POS based on the Dell hardware. Are there any gotchas with the touch screen or USB devices. Any pointer would be appreciated.
We've decided to go with SuSE - current system is using SuSE 9.2 Pro. Works great. As to touchscreen, just make sure the install is the -default version (for some reason ours installed itself as -smp, so we had to use YaST to take it back to the -default) because the touchscreen is a 3M, and 3M does have the drivers for SuSE 9.2 -default. Works flawlessly, even has the calibration program, and a damned nice screen, too.
Dell is pushing an Epson USB receipt printer, and the damned thing shows up to the system as an Epson UB-03II "USB Interface" and not a printer - we just got parallel printer instead, but... someday, we'll have to find a driver for the USB version.
We also have always used two or more RS232 serial devices, such as customer displays, check scanners, change machines, electronic scales, and what have you. The DellPOS comes with one serial port (which is one more than a LOT of new computers have), but does have an expansion slot. We bought an I/O card, from Dell, and the (*&#@%^ thing is a normal profile card, while the DellPOS is low profile - just barely over two inches, so the )(*#$ card won't work. I haven't talked to oir hardware guy to see if he's tracked down the low-profile I/O card yet...
It ain't a 10, but it ain't bad, either. If we had the USB printer driver and the extra I/O, I think it would be a 9+, though, and it could happen.