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Another Area of Linux Growth

Jan 14, 2010, 13:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"Thanks to tech like Moblin and Android, netbooks, smartbooks, and smartphones are all the rage right now for consumers, but Linux is also showing up on the very sales counters where all of these devices are being bought.

"While there's no denying the rise of Linux on these consumer systems, there's been a rather quiet but steady rise in Linux deployments on point-of-service (or point-of-sale) systems.

"Retail systems are an interesting niche for Linux... one where the free operating system has historically done well. The demands of POS machines--24/7 availability and environments where they are sometimes exposed to large fluxuations in temperature and humidity--means they need an OS that is more stable than what Microsoft and Apple can traditionally offer."

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