Financial firms are looking to Linux to replace Windows-powered ATMs

In an unsurprising move, ATM operators and other financial organizations are beginning to look to Linux as a replacement for their outdated Windows XP installations. That these organizations are deciding to move from XP only now is a testament to the staying power of the OS and a certain conservatism in financial circles. 

Some financial services companies are looking to migrate their ATM fleets from Windows to Linux in a bid to have better control over hardware and software upgrade cycles. Pushing them in that direction apparently is Microsoft’s decision to end support for Windows XP on April 8, said David Tente, executive director, USA, of the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA). “There is some heartburn in the industry” over Microsoft’s end-of-support decision, Tente said.

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  • George Gilks

    What ever happened to OS2, IBM’s rock solid OS? Seems like programmers just can’t break away from the Windows api. Hanging a Win’95 banner from Toronto’s CN tower and this “If OS2 won’t run my piece of crap Windows program then I don’t want it”attitude certainly contributed to killing OS2, the best OS ever designed for PC’s. Now look what we are stuck with, Windows 8, Linux and Android? Really!

    Shame, shame. I want a Mac!