ATM operators eye Linux as alternative to Windows XP

Jaikumar Vijayan

"It makes sense to move to a bespoke, but open, platform like Linux -- even from a data security sense," Taylor said. "Microsoft's Achilles heel is data security."

Windows XP and embedded XP has been the cornerstone of Microsoft's presence in the retail sector during the past several years, he said. The embedded version especially allowed operation on very low-level hardware.

"If I were Microsoft, I would have kept XP embedded alive for a few more years, and charged an escalating support fee" for it, he said. "That said, Microsoft has to serve shareholders and continually investing in a dead OS does not make sense."

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