Point-of-sale OS market shares: Windows – 43%, in-house – 19%, IBM – 17%

VDC survey of retail IT execs found Linux in barely 2% of the POS (point of sale) systems, compared with 43% for Windows, 19% for various proprietary/in-house customized operating systems, 17% for IBM (primarily AS/400), 9% for various Unix flavors and 10% that didn’t answer. VDC found that bar-code label generation software sales hit $76 mln last year, with an 11% annual growth rate projected through 2007. It also found that the breakdown between off-the-shelf bar-code software and customized in-house versions remains fairly evenly split (53% were off-the-shelf and 47% custom).