uniCenta oPOS was started as a part-time personal hobbyist project in mid-2010 by Jack Gerrard. In the years following years it became increasingly popular. Of course the day-to-day demand to support the project also grew and quite soon became a full-time job to keep up.
Just like many other open-source projects which rely on donations or some kind of corporate sponsorship to contribute to overheads and costs the time eventually arrived whether to continue self-funding it or not. A tough decision…
Surviving by donations (received a few, and big thanks to those who did over the years) or having sponsors (not prepared to sell-out to one well known POS hardware manufacturer who approached) was not an option.
In 2014 Jack decided to step down as CEO of a London technology startup and to commit full-time to the project in the core belief that uniCenta oPOS could be best-of-breed POS and offer small-to-medium size businesses an unrivalled, powerful and economically viable solution.
In January 2016 it was decided to offer support services directly to uniCenta oPOS users via subscription. This is what many business users appeared to want and in turn it would provide funding to drive the project forward.
Since then hundreds and hundreds of subscribers, from all around the world, have decided to invest in the uniCenta oPOS project to help us all mutually achieve what we set out to do.
“Free software” means software that respects users’ freedom and community. Roughly, it means that the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. Thus, “free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech,” not as in “free beer”. We sometimes call it “libre software” to show we do not mean it is gratis.Richard Stallman GNU
Subscribing to our support services helps the uniCenta oPOS project keep going by contributing to overhead costs of things like hosting, bandwidth and other expenses. If you don’t want to help us help you then that’s no problem. You can continue to get the un-supported the latest 4.1 from the uniCenta oPOS Community project
uniCenta oPOS has always been “free” (per GNU GPL3 license) and open source from its very beginning. It still is.