What is the best ecommerce software for Linux when needing to interface with other software?

I need to create an e-commerce solution for a client and will be programming an interface between the shopping cart and a SQL Server based inventory system.

It needs to be solid, have a good reputation, flexible, and relatively easy for experienced programmers to learn to work with (ie good community and/or documentation).  I prefer the shopping card database be mySQL or SQL Server.

I don't want to pay a fortune because the client really can't afford that.   And I don't want a 'hosted shopping cart' because I want to retain control of the server situation (because of the interface with inventory system).

Any guidance and personal experience would be extremely appreciated.

Thank you,

Lynn
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Scott MadeiraCommented:
I suggest looking into Zen Cart.  It is well supported, has good documentation and is well written once you get the hang of how they do things.  Writing interface code between the cart and the backend inventory system shouldn't be too diffficult.

Zen runs on MySQL but you can get the MS SQL Server drivers for PHP and then write the extraction and translation code in PHP.

And, it's free.....
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