Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.
Re: Linux RDBMS Info
Author: Eric Kidd Posted: 6/29/1999; 3:30:17 PM Topic: NT Licensing is worse than you fear. Msg #: 7952 (In response to 7944) Prev/Next: 7951 / 7953
(Speaking for myself, not UserLand.)
Sybase comes with the Redhat distribution. I think DB2 is also available free for Linux but couldn't swear to it.
For a few months this fall, most of the major commercial databases were free for Linux. Here's how it happened:
- Informix (I think) released an educational version of Informix SE. Their press release bragged about all the students who would use Informix.
- Almost immediately after, Oracle released an unsupported demo version. I guess they didn't want all those students to be using Informix. :-)
- All the RDBMS vendors except Microsoft announced Linux support shortly thereafter. Again, a lot of these were unsupported free versions. The database companies thought that Linux was for advertising to students and after-hours hackers, not for production systems.
- The database companies started getting phone calls from major accounts, asking about Linux. It seems that a number of very influential IT managers wanted to be running Linux.
- The database vendors issues a second round a press releases, announcing real support for Linux. Some demo versions were quickly replaced by not-so-free production versions.
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