September 25, 2002

IBM spreads Linux to retailers

"IBM has made some progress in its effort to spread the Linux operating system far and wide, selling thousands of high-tech cash registers to two sizable customers.

Regal Entertainment Group, which operates hundreds of theaters, will use the systems in 2,700 concession stands by the end of this year and in 3,500 stands by the end of next, IBM plans to announce Wednesday. And Casas Bahia, a Brazilian retailer, plans to install 1,500 of the systems in 320 stores.

Both customers are using Red Hat's version of Linux in the IBM "point-of-sale" terminals, the special-purpose networked PCs that serve the role once held by basic cash registers."



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