osOpinion: The Best Battleground for Linux?
Mar 01, 2003, 07:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Maguire)
"Restaurant chain Papa John's is an unlikely place for the great
operating system war between Windows and Linux to play out. Papa
John's motto, after all, is 'Better Ingredients. Better Pizza.'
"But with 2,900 stores across the country, Papa John's has
significant IT needs. In a recent major overhaul, the company
replaced its vintage electronic cash registers with terminals that
use Linux to link to back-end accounting.
"And Papa John's is not alone. Consider Regal Cinemas, which
claims to be the world's largest motion picture exhibitor, with
5,663 screens in 36 states. The last time you bought an extra large
popcorn with extra butter at a Regal theatre, that sale was
transmitted to the chain's accounting department through a network
running the Linux OS..."