Internet Week: Progress Report: How Six Web Projects Fared [Burlington Coat Factory]Dec 19, 1998, 11:52 (0 Talkback[s])
Burlington Coat Factory: PCs running Linux deliver all the benefits of thin-client hardware and more.
"We still think the [thin client] is a good idea, we're happy with Neoware, but [thin clients] as a whole haven't meant the potential we thought they would... The biggest thing about Linux is that it's robust, reliable, efficient and cost-effective."
The PCs run only the operating system and a Web browser, with Java-based applications accessible through the browser. By stripping down the software in this way, the PC sidesteps the high maintenance needed by Windows operating systems and applications.
The company also plans to port its Solaris in-store, line-of-business applications to Linux to let the company have the same operating system across clients and servers, as well as extend the life span of about 300 aging Sun Microsystems SPARC servers.