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Nixdorf embeds Red Hat in a point-of-sale thin-client system

Oct 6, 2000 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Research Triangle Park, NC — (press release excerpt) — Red Hat has assisted Wincor Nixdorf in bringing to market the Nixdorf BEETLE Point-of-Sale systems based on Embedded Linux. The BEETLE comes to market amidst
growing competition in the retail sector, which has given rise to a demand for new IT solutions, both in the central office and in stores.

The BEETLE NetPOS is an intelligent, scalable thin-client system developed for the new server-centric network solutions. This product is designed to deliver new server-oriented solution concepts and subsequently to satisfy the new requirements for POS (Point Of Sale) hardware and software. This server-centric computing will optimize the high costs of software distribution, system maintenance and administration in large networks, thus minimizing the TCO.

“The BEETLE NetPOS offers an attractive design, a minimum footprint and maximum availability at an optimal price/performance ratio. We see massive demand for this product on Embedded Linux . . .” commented Winfried Nolte from Wincor Nixdorf. “The BEETLE NetPOS will give the user the option to define how thin his system is to be and this also applies of the peripherals: POS printers, customer displays, scanners, cash drawers, payment terminals, can be connected as required.”

The compact motherboard — based on an all-in-one Media GXm processor — delivers the familiar standard PC and POS-specific interfaces. BEETLE NetPOS has been developed as a lean network-driven POS system. 'Lean' refers not only to its dimensions, but also to the cost of running the system. Excellent serviceability, no-fan operation, the use of flash memory technology in place of a hard disk are features that keep the POS system's total cost of operation to a minimum.

 
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