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eWeek: Survey: Linux Has Long Way to Go in Retail

Aug 30, 2004, 19:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Schuman)

"Linux penetration into retail isn't nearly as significant as commonly believed, according to a new study from industry analyst firm Venture Development Corp. (VDC).

"'There's a lot of talk, a lot of news around Linux and a lot of hype,' said Mike Liard, senior analyst at VDC and a co-author of the report. But its survey of retail IT execs found Linux in barely 2 percent of the POS (point of sale) systems, compared with 43 percent for Windows, 19 percent for various proprietary/in-house customized operating systems, 17 percent for IBM (primarily AS/400), 9 percent for various Unix flavors and 10 percent that didn't answer..."

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