Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Linux Kiosk Software Article at KioskMarketplace

There's a nice little writeup on KioskMarketplace about some Linux alternatives to Windows-based kiosk platforms (which I'm quoted on, apparently :) . Here's a snippet:

"It is not surprising, then, to learn that most kiosks and self-service applications are also powered by Windows. But a few companies have turned their focus in another direction, benefiting from the raw power that can come from a properly modified open-source environment.

The potential for deep customization

First, a quick definition for those new to the concept: “open source” refers to software that is not owned by an entity, and whose source code — the actual zeros and ones that make it tick — is freely distributed. By contrast, most software on store shelves is not open source — the company that developed it owns the code as intellectual property.

The operative word in “open source” is the first one — that openness not only allows users to implement the software free of charge, it also allows them to make whatever changes they need.

Read the whole article here.

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