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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)

"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..."

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