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InformationWeek: Linux Gains Ground In Retailing

Mar 27, 2003, 16:00 (9 Talkback[s])

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"Linux is gaining market share in the retail industry. Use of the open-source operating system to run point-of-sale terminals in North America increased 185% last year, IHL Consulting Group said in a study released Wednesday.

"Linux is gaining traction particularly within restaurants and 'category killers,' megastores such as Home Depot and Toys 'R Us that are thought to drive small, local stores out of business, says IHL, an independent business-consulting firm for IT companies focusing on the retail industry.

"Nevertheless, with only 4% of the point-of-sale market, Linux has quite a way to go before it becomes a serious challenger to Microsoft's Windows and IBM's 4690, which last year had 69% and 17% of total shipments, respectively..."

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