Last week, the Wall Street Journal’s William Bulkeley wrote an interesting piece on the growing corporate acceptance of Linux. In "Linux Gains Corporate Respectability," Bulkeley details some of the new companies currently deploying Linux for tasks ranging from supercomputing to humble retail kiosks.
Whenever I read a story discussing corporate Linux applications, I look for a reference to what surely must be the most famous Linux implementation in the world. I wasn’t disappointed. Towards the end of the article, I read, “Linux is also making inroads in retail chains, some of which are adopting it to help run their cash registers. Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corp. and Best Buy Co.'s Musicland, owner of the Sam Goody chain, have started to make the switch.”
I wish I had a dollar for every time I have read about Burlington Coat Factory’s Linux implementation. One of Red Hat’s first big wins, Burlington is a staple of corporate Linux reporting. We’ve talked about it here at TechRepublic more than once. InternetWeek has discussed Burlington and so have LinuxToday and PC World.
To be fair, Bulkeley did mention some companies that I hadn’t known were using Linux. However, too many of the names were the usual suspects: Shell, Home Depot, and of course, Burlington Coat Factory.
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Who knows? Maybe your company can take Burlington’s place as the Linux corporate poster child.
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