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IT Manager's Journal: Why Major Retailers are Taking Baby Penguin Steps with Linux

Jun 16, 2005, 13:00 (9 Talkback[s])


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"The Linux mascot is a creature known for its mob mentality. Penguins as a group push each other, and then follow the first few birds into the water when it is time to jump--or in the case of a waiting orca, not jump. Major electronics and PC retailers, such as Fry's and Wal-Mart, may be ready to do the same, based on the success or failure of new Linux sections and staff in stores of the smaller, Midwest-based chain Micro Center.

"Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony told ITMJ that his Linux software company is looking forward this summer to what might be the biggest break yet for retail Linux: trained sales support and an array of Linux desktops and notebooks, with a goal of having the Linux departments in all 20 Micro Center locations by the end of July..."

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