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CRN: Linux is an attractive alternative for POS, but Microsoft, IBM still rule the market

Apr 19, 2000, 08:16 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michele Pepe)

"And then there is Linux. This inexpensive interloper offers reliability in an industry where uptime is key. The operating system is making gains in the POS space, but progress is painfully slow, said Buzek. Linux remains in the "other OS" category to this day."

"So what is holding the open source OS in check?"

"Chief among its downsides are lack of driver support, lack of ownership and lack of application support, said Buzek."

"There has to be total vendor support at the hardware level for Linux," said Buzek. "Developers have spent a lot of time developing standards for POS peripherals to be used with Windows, and that's not something that can be changed overnight," he said."

"Another problem with Linux is that no one really owns it."

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