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CIO: Your Open Source Plan

Jun 01, 2004, 18:15 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christopher Koch)

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"Until recently, Tom Jeffery didn't give a damn about open-source software.

"What concerned him was finding 10,000 new cash registers (essentially PCs with cash drawers) for 1,300 KB Toys stores and a new software system to run them because his old vendor was going to stop supporting the system he had.

"But then a funny thing happened. 'We sent out final [RFPs] to six vendors and narrowed it down to three,' he recalls. 'The only thing they had in common was they were all written in Java. And ran on Linux...'"

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