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Linux Opens London's Oyster

May 22, 2008, 18:45 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Judge)

"Open-source software helped London's Oyster card system move past a proprietary roadblock, an open-source conference in London was told last week.

"The Oyster contactless card system, which handles payments for travel on London's buses and Tube system, suffered from lock-in to proprietary systems, which hindered developments to the online payment systems, said Michael Robinson, a senior consultant with Deloitte, at the Open Source Forum event in London. 'The hosting was on a proprietary system, centred on one application," he said. "It demanded certain hardware, and was locked into one design of infrastructure...'"

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