Novell and Wincor Nixdorf partner on Linux POS systems

Wincor Nixdorf, a supplier of IT systems for the banking and retail sectors, will install the open source Linux operating system in its check-out systems under an agreement announced Monday with Novell.

Under the global partnership, Wincor Nixdorf, the last remaining unit of the former Nixdorf Computer, will embed Novell Linux Point of Service 9 software in a range of systems, including the German company's Beetle electronic point-of-sale (POS) terminals.

Novell Linux Point of Service 9 allows retailers to use an open, standards-based technology to reduce their operating costs and complexity, according to Novell. The software includes several components of the company's Suse Linux Enterprise Server technology. The combination provides a common Linux environment for the various systems in a retailer's IT infrastructure, including POS terminals, kiosks, embedded devices and servers, the software company said.

In addition to Linux, Wincor Nixdorf offers Microsoft Windows as an alternative operating system for its retail systems.

In 2003, Novell acquired Suse Linux, based in Nuremberg, Germany.

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