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InternetWeek: Retailer Checks Out Linux (Burlington Followup)

Jul 15, 2001, 13:30 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ted Kemp)

Some followup on the Burlington story that generated some excitement a while back as the company readys a deployment of PoS terminals as well. The article also mentions that Linux's share in this arena has grown to upwards of eight percent even as Musicland may be deciding against its own previously-planned Linux deployment.

"As part of a larger plan to spread the use of the Linux operating system throughout its retail stores, Burlington Coat Factory has begun a two-year effort to switch over to Linux-based point-of-sale terminals.

Burlington joins Home Depot in turning to Linux to run in-store PoS terminals-the registers cashiers use to process sales, check pricing information and record transactions to a central data repository via Web or wireless links.

The clothing retailer, which operates nearly 300 stores, will run Linux on all the terminals in its new stores, and expects to finish migrating older stores' terminals to Linux in the next couple of years. The company is replacing NCR registers that run on Intel 286 and 386 chips."

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