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ComputerWorld: Start-up's Apps Make Desktop Linux Easier

Sep 10, 2001, 19:06 (8 Talkback[s])

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"Rory Hudson, retail systems manager at Zumiez Inc., a fashion company in Everett, Wash., with 70 stores in 11 states, says he's been pleased with the beta versions of Evolution.

"It's going to improve store communications," he says. Zumiez is in the midst of replacing its in-store Unix terminals with Linux desktops running Ximian's GUI and will add Evolution when that phase is completed. "Store managers are not necessarily computer-literate," he adds, which puts a premium on easy-to-use systems.

Miquel de Icaza, Ximian's chief technology officer and co-founder, says Linux desktops will be popular as point-of-sale terminals, as they are at Zumiez. But realistically, he says, Linux GUI-based applications are going to initially find homes inside IT, where developers will use them to write programs and systems administrators will depend on them to manage Linux servers."

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