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Investor's Business Daily: After A Slow Start, IBM Sees Retailers Embracing Linux

Oct 07, 2002, 17:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Doug Tsuruoka)

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"The world's largest computer company hoped Linux would be a big hit with retailers, but there's been no stampede toward Linux by those companies. In time, there will be, says John Sarsgard, who oversees worldwide Linux sales for IBM. He says the software offers a cheap and flexible way for retailers to run electronic commerce...

"Lawson's, a big Japanese convenience store chain, was one of the first firms to buy a Linux sales system from IBM. That was two years ago, when IBM started its push.

"Since then, few other big retailers have switched to IBM's Linux. They include fashion-maker Tommy Hilfiger Inc. (TOM), which uses Linux to run a companywide shipping, production and inventory tracking system. Paint store operator Sherwin-Williams Co. (SHW) has a Linux-based customer-service system in its 2,500 stores. Convenience chain 7-Eleven Inc. (SE) uses an IBM Linux system to protect its e-mail system against hackers..."

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