The Seattle Times: Free Linux Operating System Wins Some Big-Name Fans
Dec 23, 2002, 20:30 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kim Peterson)
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"Zumiez, an Everett-based clothing and equipment store, is all
about tracking the coolest in skater gear and teen fashion. But
when it came to picking a computer system this year, the company
was more concerned with saving money.
"Zumiez had been using the Unix operating system to power its
cash registers, but the cost--about $1,000 at each of its 100
locations--was more than what the company wanted to pay.
"In lieu of Microsoft, which makes the industry's dominant
operating system, the store's technicians turned to Linux, which
was free. They installed the system by themselves and added
internal e-mail, Web access and spreadsheets — which they
didn't have before..."