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Windows 7: ATM operators eye Linux as alternative to Windows XP

26 Mar 2014   #1
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
ATM operators eye Linux as alternative to Windows XP

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.

A Guy

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26 Mar 2014   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

Well I think the banks and ATM owners have been given enough notice by Microsoft.
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27 Mar 2014   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I agree. Even though people justify not updating from XP by saying it's expensive and IT departments need to make a good presentation to their bosses or whatever to be allowed to upgrade, it's ridiculous that after so much time they started "eyeing" Linux two weeks before XP support ends. What were they doing all these years in the meantime?
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28 Mar 2014   #4

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gornot View Post's ridiculous that after so much time they started "eyeing" Linux two weeks before XP support ends. What were they doing all these years in the meantime?
The article gives the wrong impression as to the timeline. The industry has already been using Linux in ATMs for years. Albeit in less than 5% of ATMs.

May of 2008:
Brazilian banks look to Linux for ATMs | ATM Marketplace
Admittedly, that is in Brazil and the article in the OP is talking about comments from a US based org... but it is not like that US org was unaware of the way things were going.

You might also be interested in the second page of this artlcle from July of 2013:
Banks Struggle To Get ATMs Off Windows XP - InformationWeek
Notice that the industry had other things to deal with - like ADA and PCI compliance. If you have ever spent time dealing with the PCI stuff (like I have) then you will see how other things can just take a back seat for a while. And it will be time consuming to get a Linux distro certified for PCI. Google that.

The world will not come to an end just because lots of ATMs are still using XP :-)
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29 Mar 2014   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Of course it won't
I'll just be more hesitant in using them. Not that I use them a lot nowadays anyway - I can buy practically everything with a card instead of cash.
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29 Mar 2014   #6
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

I agree that banks, etc. have had plenty of time to upgrade their ATMs. They should have started after Win 7 SP1 came out by replacing older machines with Win 7 machines instead of XP machines. Any IT tech worthy of the title should know that an OS has a finite life span and plan accordingly. And upper management needs to learn to trust their IT techs and quit looking only at the immediate bottom line.

I'm thankful I don't have to use ATMs; I get plenty of cash by getting cash back when I'm shopping. What's worrying me is hackers will be able to get into my accounts using ATMs as an open portal into all of the banks' systems.
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 ATM operators eye Linux as alternative to Windows XP

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