comp.os.linux.advocacy to propose the following:
> The other day I compiled this list of people,
> companies, agencies, etc who have switched to
> Linux/OSS, are happily using Linux/OSS, or who have
> endorsed Linux/OSS as an alternative to other OSes.
> I didn't spend a whole time on it, so feel free to
> post links to ones not mentioned.
Carefull... this could give "you know who" a list of targets to work on.
There was a big song and dance some time ago when much was made of Tesco
(UK) switching to using Linux for it's Point of Sale terminals. Shortly
afterwards, there was a big announcement from Microsoft making a big
song and dance of how Tesco (UK) were big Microsoft supporters having
dabbled with Linux and decided on sticking with Microsoft for their new
Original tesco to go Linux announcement - 30 Oct 2000
|"The Point of Sale's web-based solution allows the Tesco IT group to
|improve the quality of service to our customers by responding faster to
|changing business needs," said Philip Clarke, IT and Logistics director
|and a member of Tesco's main board of directors. "In addition, this
|should allow us to significantly reduce the cost of ownership of our
|According to Point of Sale Limited president and CEO Barry Shaked, Point
|of Sale's strategy, in creating its web-based suite of applications,
|was to build a system that would cater both to small and large
|"Our initial implementation of the web-based solution was focused on ASP
|and marketplace initiatives, with the intention of bringing
|leading-edge technology benefits to small chains and independent
|grocers," Shaked said. "Tesco's decision to adopt this web-enabled
|software system is evidence that our new thin-store strategy is also
|suitable for a world-leader in the food retailing industry."
|This agreement follows a recently announced three-year contract that
|authorized Tesco to roll out Point of Sale's current software to any
|Tesco store in the world, beyond the 800-plus stores currently using
Microsoft's very loud announcement - 17 July 2001
|During a review of its point-of-sale systems, Tesco considered a number
|of operating platforms, including Linux, before deciding that Microsoft
|offered the best option in the fast-moving retail environment.
One would suspect that MS had gone at them with a hard "sale" and FUD
campaign. One wonders if Tesco had actually put their pens to the paper
of those three year contracts, or if they'd been given a "sweet deal"
that made the penalties insignificant...
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