Sherwin-Williams will use the PCs in more than 2,500 stores for running each store's centralized cash register software, reading e-mail and browsing the company's intranet, and for securely recording customers' choices in custom paint tints.
The Linux systems will replace a version of Unix from the Santa Cruz Operation, a company that Linux seller Caldera International acquired in . The SCO products have been popular in "replicated sites," the nearly identical retail outlets for companies such as Pizza Hut or Blockbuster Video that dot mini-malls, downtowns and shopping centers.
Linux, once a mere hobby, is graduallyin the mainstream computing world. It's been supported by Linux specialists for years, but since the late 1990s, companies such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, Oracle and SAP--most of the biggest computing companies except Microsoft--have been getting involved.
The Linux systems will be installed by the second quarter of 2003, IBM said. IBM Global Services is handling the migration to the new systems.