"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
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."