South Africa: Cubit releases Free POS software for SMMEs

August 21, 2008 • Enterprise IT

Point-of-Sale (POS) software is typically expensive, complex and often requires businesses to pay annual licence fees for unrelated underlying database or operating system software. And
much to the chagrin of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs), POS
software is frequently locked into specific, expensive hardware.
Cubit Accounting is challenging these perceptions with the release of the next version of its Cubit POS, a free – as in no cost – open source POS system that integrates runs on any PC and operating platform – including Apple Macintosh, Linux and Windows – and in this new version inter-operates
with over 80% of existing POS hardware.
“The Cubit POS software is licensed under the BSD license, meaning the application source code is freely available, belongs to everyone and can be modified by anyone without restrictions and without having to disclose the new source code to anyone else. Anybody can also download the source
code, recompile, re-brand it and sell it to anyone else,” says Cubit CEO, Andre Coetzee.
Cubit software is fully customisable, allowing it to comply with the differing tax regimes around the world and is already successfully being used in both the United States and South Africa. It can also accommodate hundreds of tills, so that businesses as small as the corner store and as big as
a supermarket chain can make use of the system.

According to Coetzee the software is available for download from the company’s
public web site ( as well as from, an
International Open Source software management system.



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