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Matalan checks out Linux tills

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UK retailer Matalan has migrated 2,800 tills to Linux.

Capgemini UK, which worked with Matalan on the migration, said that after evaluating Windows and Linux it advised the retailer to use Linux as it is easier to deploy and support in an electronic point of sale (EPOS) environment.

The evaluation compared the Retail Java point of sale application running on Windows XP with the same application running on IBM Retail Environment for SuSE Linux (IRES). The operating systems were run on 14 tills in a Matalan store over two months. Matalan's tills, which are IBM 4694 series machines, previously ran a proprietary operating system that was no longer supported.

Gunnar Menzel, a senior architect at Capgemini UK, said that the Linux tills were easier to deploy and support.

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