Madness: ATMs Running Windows XP?

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| It said that 70 per cent of current ATMs are essentially PCs running PC
| operating systems like Windows XP.


Pictures of ATM Machine Running Windows XP Crashing

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| The other day I pulled up to an ATM and it was in the middle of crashing and
| so I was able to shoot these pics during the crash and reboot. The ATM never
| did come up fully so I was unable to get some cash. *

ATM using un-activated Windows

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| Ok, so lets be realistic for a moment here, first off, is 'Hackers Best
| Friend" MS Windows really the optimal choice for an operating system that
| spits out cash? *

ATM with Pirated Windows [with photos]

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| In Russian you can sometimes meet pirated copy of Windows even
| on ATM. It warns that this copy of Windows need activation and
| the work of ATM gets interrupted.

Why not Embedded? ATM's Running XP Professional...

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| This time, I happened to be there when it suddenly BSOD'd and began a
| reboot cycle. Obviously, to BSOD it needs to run Windows, and moments
| later, that was confirmed. But that's not the story here -- believe it or
| not, most ATMs run Windows nowadays, and there's absoloutely nothing
| wrong with that.
| [...]
| There's a million reasons why an ATM should must be RTOS, be it Linux or
| VxWorks or Windows CE, but even if you don't go with RTOS, Windows XP
| Professional most certainly isn't the answer. Especially if it's not even
| SP2.

ATMs hacked using MP3 player

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| A criminal gang in the U.K. was able to steal confidential banking
| data by bugging ATMs with an MP3 player, The Times of London
| reported in its online edition Thursday.

Open source use expanding in mission critical apps

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| Perceptions still dog open source, such as the lack of support
| services or security, but these attitudes in corporate IT are
| changing, according to Forrester.

Forrester: Open source is everywhere, and increasingly used for
mission-critical applications

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| Forrester just issued an insightful report on the increasing adoption
| of open source in the enterprise. The verdict? Open source is everywhere,
| and taking an ever-increasing piece of the enterprise pie

Open Source Slowly Gains Momentum on Wall Street

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| Customers may be comfortable using Linux for infrastructure-type
| systems but less so for business software, said Monica Kumar,
| senior director of product manager for Linux and open-source
| software at Oracle.

Linux Crossing Threshold to Real Mission Critical Computing

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| ...Linux developers are steadily chipping away at the most
| significant functional gaps that limited its suitability for
| these workloads in the past, allowing it to progress far beyond the
| "edge of network" domain where it has traditionally thrived. The
| impressive wins by Novell and Red Hat prove that user perceptions
| about Linux's limitations are gradually crumbling as well.

Linux goes to Wall Street, puts on a show

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| "The Financial Services firms are leading the enterprise adoption of
| open source technology, including Linux," says Zachary. "By watching
| the consumption patterns of these firms, open source vendors can
| gain a good understanding of the types of products and services
| that are commercially viable.
| [...]
| "We see a growing role for open source software beyond Linux in
| financial services companies and that's why many companies are
| expanding the governance policies and procedures around using
| open source software."

Next Gen, Mission-Critical Apps To Be Deployed on Linux Says Report

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| By now it should be obvious to even the most casual industry observers
| that Linux operating systems - and open source-based software in general -
| have reached critical marketplace mass. Recent Linux deals and
| announcements by Oracle and Microsoft have only reinforced the "open
| source is enterprise-grade" message that IBM, Unisys and other "Master
| Brand" hardware, software and services vendors have been preaching for
| years. In short, open source, especially Linux, is becoming "legitimized"
| by the major vendors for enterprise environments, and user executives
| are more than happy to believe them.

CIO study finds Linux ready for prime-time

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| The company predicts a steep rise: only 18 percent of businesses
| will be using Linux in business-critical roles by the end of 2007.
| "Linux operating systems - and open source-based software in general
| - have reached critical marketplace mass," said the study's authors,
| Bruce Guptill and Bill McNee of Saugatuck Research.