This is not really an answer but, the new Uniprint 9.1 supports browser-based release stations. Maybe lower hardware needs to keeps things running.
The currently-supported operation of the Pharos PC Station still requires a Windows operating system (Win 7 and up) and the PC Station client. It can run in legacy mode, or can present the Pharos Print Center station mode, but compatible OS is required though. There are ways to make it run in a browser only, but securing the browser, hiding the URL bar, and some features (add-funds) are not supported in this configuration. For these reasons, we don't recommend this configuration as an end-user interface.
-Jeff Herald - Pharos Systems
Its certainly possible to write a client using Mono (or similar) to run on raspberry pi. It'd need to communicate with the Pharos EDI to provide the authentication, list and release print jobs - much like an MFP does. This is a different connection mechanism/protocol to the standard pharos station, but works just as well
I have in the past written a prototype Pharos station using C#/Mono that would run on pi. It worked, but it was never finished into a production product. Unfortuntely I dont think its something I can share with you (even if I can still find it!) as I had to sign an NDA with Pharos to gain access to the Pharos EDI. But I can assure you that its certianly possible to do
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I've checked with Pharos and they are happy for me to share the application with you on the understanding that it is provided without any support or warranty from either myself or Pharos.The applicaiton never made it out of prototype stage, but I have converted it to a VS 2017 project, recompiled and tested it with the latest Raspberry PI and it works It releases and deletes print jobs, shows user account info and transactions in the last 14 days.
Instructions for setting up the Pi and Pharos included in the Zip. Have Fun!!
Pretty Cool Nic!
Nic - Thank you so much! Good stuff and will definitely try it out!
OK, the world cup is on and I can't stand football.... So I've spent a few evenings on this application as I love tinkering with my raspberry pi
This is probably as far as I'm going to take it.
- Full support for Third Party Charging (Cost Codes/Centres etc.)
- Added support for username only and card authentication.
- Tidy the code and moved all the prompts and settings off into the ini_schema.
I hope its of use to someone as I've had fun working on it again.