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Red Hat and Wincor Nixdorf to deliver a Linux and JavaPOS Solution Platform for Retail POS Systems


Red Hat, Inc. (NASDAQ:RHAT) the leader in developing, deploying and managing Open Source Internet infrastructure and Wincor Nixdorf today announced that they have developed a Linux-based, JavaPOS solution platform for retail point-of-sale (POS) systems. Designed for the Wincor Nixdorf BEETLE Family of POS systems, the platform is one of the first on the market to utilize the newly released JavaPOS 1.5 standard. This combination of Linux and JavaPOS on Wincor Nixdorf BEETLE POS systems provides retailers with one of the most highly scalable and flexible hardware/software platforms in the industry.

Wincor Nixdorf was an early adopter in the development of thin-client POS solutions based on the JavaPOS 1.5 standard, said Heinrich Endeward, head of Retail Services for Wincor Nixdorf. The JavaPOS 1.5 package weve developed enhances the already substantial advantages of Red Hat Linux as a platform for retail solutions.

An active member of the worldwide JavaPOS standardization committee, Wincor Nixdorf has developed a JavaPOS 1.5 package that allows retailers to build JavaPOS applications that connect many different kinds of retail peripherals. The result is a complete retail store solution based on established international standards.

Leading retailers such as The Home Depot (NYSE:HD) are firmly embracing Linux and JavaPOS as viable platforms for their store operations. "The Home Depot has been active in furthering the development of new retail standards in conjunction with manufacturers like Wincor Nixdorf, and has played a key role in creating the JavaPOS specifications," said Danny Branch, vice president of information systems for The Home Depot. "The JavaPOS platform provides us with significant flexibility in developing our store environment to meet our long-term functional requirements as well as reducing overall Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) as it relates to POS."

Retailers with full-fledged JavaPOS solutions will enjoy the advantage of its seamless integration into Internet-based technologies, which can speed the transition to multi-channel store solutions, Endeward continued. Another benefit of JavaPOS is the great efficiency of Java programming. This represents additional progress in rapid application development , which lowers the TCO significantly.

To help retailers realize the benefits of a Linux-based JavaPOS solution, Wincor Nixdorfs Retail Services Group works closely with them to provide support in introducing new Java-based applications or migrating existing applications into a Java environment. Red Hat also provides engineering services and support to Wincor Nixdorf and its customers. Additionally, work is underway on an infrastructure to deploy and manage Wincor Nixdorf´s POS solutions software platform remotely through Red Hat Network (RHN), resulting in even more TCO savings for customers.

About The Home Depot

Founded in 1978, The Home Depot operates 1,123 stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Chile, and Argentina. Fortune magazine includes Home Depot in its Top 10 list of Most Admired Companies in America. The company's stock is publicly traded (NYSE:HD) and is included in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.

About Wincor Nixdorf GmbH & Co. KG

Wincor Nixdorf GmbH & Co. KG is one of the leading providers of IT products, solutions, and services for the retail and banking industries. The company generated revenues of approximately $1.5 billion in fiscal year 1999/00. Employing more than 3,650 people worldwide, Wincor Nixdorf operates in 40 countries around the world with manufacturing plants in Germany and Singapore. Worldwide headquarters are in Paderborn, Germany. North American headquarters are in Austin, Texas.

In the field of electronic POS systems, Wincor Nixdorf is the market leader in Germany and number 3 worldwide. In the field of automated teller machines, Wincor Nixdorf is the market leader in Germany, number 2 in Europe and number 3 worldwide.

Wincor Nixdorf offers products and solutions for the entire chain of the added-value branch of the distribution sector: from electronic point of sale systems to data warehouse applications. With its BEETLE POS systems, electronic labeling solutions, electronic registers, and automatic scanning, Wincor Nixdorf's key offerings include products and services for distribution as well as a portfolio of offerings to efficiently meet consumer demands. Offerings to the banking industry include automatic money distributors, printers, multimedia information systems, microchip cards, and terminals for airlines. The latest innovation is a compact modular system combining the basic functions of a small self-service branch. Worldwide, Wincor Nixdorf is the only supplier that offers a software package for financial institutions that is based on universal standards, and can be used throughout the self-service sector.

The Services Division renders services for products and solutions including installation and maintenance of hardware and software products, regular routine inspections, repairs, software upgrades, and management of market rollouts. With the founding of the Services Division, Wincor Nixdorf has added a decisive element that completes the value chain offering for its customers.

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About Red Hat

Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As the connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more at


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