Pioneer Petroleum is the largest independent gasoline retailer in Ontario, with 150 retail locations spread throughout the province. Twenty-five of those locations are running Red Hat Linux Workstation 3.0. The other 125 stores are expected to be rid of Windows by the end of 2005.
Ontario is the second largest province in Canada, and its major industries are mining and forestry. Many of Pioneer's gas stations are located in remote rural areas, a situation that can make computer networking a challenge. Up until last October, the only way Pioneer's corporate office could communicate with the branch locations was via telephone and fax.
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