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NewsForge: Linux is a Liberator for retailers; Fujitsu's Linux-based point-of-sale platform

Jan 12, 2001, 07:39 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

"On Sunday, Fujitsu will announce the March 2001 release of Liberator, its Red Hat Linux-based point-of-sale (POS) software for retailers. The system, which emulates older proprietary DOS-based set ups, was created to run on Fujitsu's TeamPOS 2000 terminal."

"Don Paschal, the director of retail marketing for Fujitsu, says, "Liberator is a Linux operating system with the appropriate services that make it emulate the 4690 OS. You can take your IBM POS application and put it on the Liberator and it will run. So your host interfaces don't have to change."

"This should make it easy for retailers to make the switch, he says. Of the millions of POS retailers out there, many are finding that their systems are increasingly behind-the-times, with the standard non-graphical user interfaces and fairly steep learning curves for new employees. With Liberator, companies can train new hires quickly because of the easy-to-use GUI and updated capabilities that include multimedia and touch-screen functionality."

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