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Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand): MasterTrade Linux roll-out gives system room to grow

Dec 11, 2000, 08:49 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Fraser Rolfe)

"Plumbing and electrical goods wholesaler MasterTrade has completed a 6½-week rollout of 300 PCs running the open-source Linux operating system...."

"MasterTrade data processing manger Neil Helson, based in Christchurch, says the existing Microsoft Dos/Windows 3.1 system was cramping scope for future growth."

"After trialling Windows 2000, MasterTrade found difficulties with "middleware", which communicates between MasterTrade's central inventory database in Christchurch, and the PCs in its 50 branches. "Linux removed all middleware, and all the difficulties that went with it."

"Mr Helson says MasterTrade plans to roll out applications which will smooth out transactions with its larger customers and suppliers."

"This was a key area where we needed to open up. Business-to-business initiatives are being asked of us."

"Each branch has about five PCs, linked to a server."

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