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Linux-based POS systems increased 80% in 2001

Mar 28, 2002 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Miami, FL — (press release excerpt) — The population of retail point of sale (POS) terminals running Linux in North America increased 80% in 2001 over 2000, according to a new study released today from IHL Consulting Group. However, shipments of the popular open-source operating system [into the POS market] actually decreased from 2000.

“We began the year projecting 300-400% growth for Linux,” says Greg Buzek, President of IHL Consulting Group. “But two large retail defections from planned rollouts of POS units greatly hampered the growth of the operating system. Musicland was just about ready to roll with Linux when they were purchased by Best Buy, a Windows NT shop. Best Buy changed those Linux plans. And Home Depot also was looking to roll with Linux at the POS, but those plans were nixed when the company made several management changes.”

According to the study, Linux shipment growth was a victim of these circumstances and an overall slowdown in POS rollouts.

“Linux is a technology that still needs a few more marquee accounts to be a serious contender to Microsoft in the Retail POS Market,” added Buzek.

“Several POS vendors like IBM, NCR, Wincor-Nixdorf and Fujitsu Transaction Solutions support Linux but are finding few retailers willing to make the jump away from DOS, Windows, or IBM's 4690 Operating System. That being said, Linux has some strong growth potential in the right situations. The best opportunities for Linux-based POS are in those accounts that want full control of their POS development efforts.”

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