THIBODAUX, La. -- Rouse's Supermarkets here is close to completing a year-old deployment of a Linux-based point-of-sale system for 200 checkout lanes at its 15 stores, just the second such installation in U.S. food retailing. Rouse's POS rollout is also notable for using thin-client "network-bootable appliances" (essentially dumb terminals without a hard drive or operating system) conveying all program intelligence and data from new back-room servers that run the POS application on a Linux ...

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