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 Hire company charges ahead with Linux

Kennards Hire is ready to replace Windows server with Linux at 90 branches, to accompany 400 desktops already running the open source operating system.

 (Submitted by george Tue Sep 12, 2006 )

  Kennards chief information officer Tony Still said the replacement of Windows was part of a decision to use Linux as the basis of a new point of sale (POS) system. The Australian-owned company offers equipment hire via 90 branches that stretch from Melbourne to Perth to Cairns.


Still decided some time ago that the new POS system would be Linux-based to help centralise its data, which the company had been trying to do for a long time. The existing POS system is written in Java, and runs on DB2 and Windows.


Since his decision, the company has deployed Linux throughout its branches. Kennards has rolled out one of the biggest Linux desktop projects in Australia with around 400 IBM POS terminals running Fedora release 3. Fedora is a Linux distribution derived from Red Hat Linux.


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