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Reuters: Linux Heads to Main St. with Sherwin-Williams

May 23, 2002, 17:30 (30 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to David for this link. ]

"Linux, the open source operating system that software developers cherish for its shared computer code, is taking a hesitant step toward Main Street, USA.

"Sherwin-Williams Co., the No. 1 US paint maker, plans to convert its computers and cash registers in more than 2,500 stores to the upstart operating system in the next year and has hired International Business Machines Corp's services division to do the job.

"It's not quite a huge victory for Linux -- Sherwin Williams' back office support systems isn't part of the deal -- but analysts say it could be an indication that retailers are turning to Linux as they replace their old systems..."

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