I have evaluated, and discussed two different bar coding solutions for our warehouses, with two companies, and both have a Windows 2k server requirment, with MS SQL server for the db backend.
I have always used the right tool for the job, and I cannot seem to google any vendors that have linux based bar coding solutions. Basically, we want to be able to tell the barcode scanner to ask the user: "What is the code #", "What is the weight?", "What location?" etc, and have this drive a MySQL db, or possibly, our Informix db on SCO.
Although the software looks capable, I was wondering if anyone has seen anything with Linux in this market. It seems very saturated with Windows products, and looks like a good place to have Linux poke it's head into. I really do not want to have to install a Windows server, just to collect data from bar code readers.
I also do not have the time to code this myself. If someone knows of a company that would provide Linux based software that can do this, or could offer a quotation for this, please let me know, since I need to finish this project in a couple of months, and I am gathering info on various companies right now.
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