Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd Mar 2014 22:58 UTC

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.

Say what you want about Microsoft, but when it comes to clear and well-communicated support cycles, they belong at the very top. This is the ATMIA's own fault for not properly getting ready for the future even though XP's EOL has been known years and years in advance, and has even been extended a few times.

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I was involved in such a decision
by pica on Mon 24th Mar 2014 07:49 UTC
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despite the fact the complete server infrastructure is Linux based, we decided to go for Microsoft Windows Embedded 8.x and .Net 4.5.x.


These boxes are no standard ATMs. Well, ATM functionality is provided. But that is only a small part of the functionality. As a consequence the software was quite complex. The System was coded in C# .NET 2.0. Consequently porting would have resulted in major porting efforts = major costs.

Beside a card reader, a touchscreen and a keyboard these boxes used much more devices. Some devices have been custom developed. Drivers exist for Microsoft Windows, but not for Linux based OSes. Another big cost factor.


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