Eugene Smiley on 6 Feb 2008 11:14:14 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Is PLUG Appropriate For Me?

James Barrett wrote:
> Sure.  The software might work, it might never need to be updated...  If 
> they wait until their hardware starts dying to replace the otherwise 
> "working" software, then they will be in for a rude awakening.  If they 
> ever have to purchase new equipment they might be SOL and their POS 
> software could be a POS indeed.  They would then have to decide wether 
> or not to create GIG-e drivers for DOS/95/98 or switch over to FREEDOS.
> At that point they might even consider revamping their systems entirely.

Well, since Retail and Restaurants are multi-BILLION dollar industries, you can 
rest assured that there is also an industry devoted to maintaining, servicing 
and replacing POS systems. It's a cost of doing business.

As for needing to add drivers, why? There's plenty of vendors providing hardware 
conforming to older standards. I still see 10base2, 10baseT, serial and parallel 
peripherals, monochrome CRTs, etc. all the time. Just because it's old doesn't 
mean it will go away. Pay attention next time you go to your favorite fast food 
joint. You'll see what I mean.
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