Sherwin-Williams Standardizes Retail Stores on Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise

<strong>Waltham, Mass. &mdash; Dec. 1</strong><br />Novell announced that Sherwin-Williams, retailer of paint, stains, coatings, wall coverings and sundry items, will be standardizing on SUSE Linux Enterprise Point of Service (POS) as the operating system for its retail store multi-function desktop/registers and in-store servers. As a retailer of paint brands, Sherwin-Williams has more than 3,000 retail stores in 50 states, Canada and Latin America. <br /><br />&ldquo;We wanted a supported Linux platform to replace our current POS operating system, and evaluated several distributions before selecting SUSE Linux Enterprise,&rdquo; said Tim Bartel, manager of POS applications development at Sherwin-Williams. &ldquo;We chose Novell because of its flexible pricing model, support capabilities and code compatibility across our relevant applications, desktops and servers.&rdquo;<br /><br />Working with Novell channel partner, Mainline Information Systems, Sherwin-Williams will be moving from their current POS operating system to SUSE Linux Enterprise POS, giving them access to support including software and maintenance updates, security patches and product assurances, Novell said.<br /><br />&ldquo;As a platinum partner in the Novell PartnerNet program, Mainline provides infrastructure technology solutions, as well as implementation and consulting services for companies nationwide,&rdquo; said Greg Schneider, regional vice president with Mainline Information Systems. &ldquo;We believe SUSE Linux Enterprise POS is one of the best-engineered and reliable platforms optimized for the retail environment. SUSE Linux Enterprise POS delivers a robust operating system for point-of-sale devices and in-store servers that can help reduce total cost of ownership through centralized administration and deployment tools, small footprint images and support for heterogeneous IT environments.&rdquo;<br />

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