Linux in the news
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Linux now boasts an almost complete set of commercial database
products. In two separate announcements:
At this point, the Linux application drought can be said to be over, at
least for certain types of applications. All that is really needed now is
a top quality free relational database system for Linux. In that area, the
best alternative seems to be PostgreSQL.
- IBM has announced that their "DB2 Universal Database" will be made
available for Linux "later this year." More details are not yet
available. See IBM's press release for the official word.
- Sybase has released its "Adaptive Server Enterprise" for Linux.
Sybase's product will initially be distributed by a number of the
commercial distribution. See
Caldera's press release and
Sybase's announcement for the hype. Unlike IBM's product,
Sybase is available now, and it can be downloaded for free (but you
have to really want it - it's 40mb of stuff). Interested folks may
want to have a look at the Sybase technical overview on Caldera's site,
Caldera's Sybase download page, or
Red Hat's Sybase download page. S.u.S.E. is also said to be
distributing Sybase, but it does not yet show up on their web pages.
Many people have been wondering: where is the Oracle8 trial CD that was
supposed to be shipped after the 15th?. While some people have
received it, many have not. For those who are still waiting, here is a
message posted to the Oracle discussion list by the Oracle folks:
We realize many of you haven't received your CDs yet, and we
wanted to let you know that we're working to deliver the
remaining shipments ASAP. Sorry for the delay.
Thus, patience is called for.
Also, many of you have asked why we don't make the software
downloadable. Simply put, Oracle has some legal restrictions
that prevent us from making the software downloadable until we
release a trial version. We'll notify you as soon as the trial
is available for download. Unfortunately, this also means that
we can't authorize any of you to post your copies for download.
Red Hat has announced that they will be releasing the source for their
NeoMagic X server to XFree86. Until now, this source has been restrained
by NeoMagic's hardware nondisclosure policy, meaning that the NeoMagic
server was available in binary format only. It seems that NeoMagic has
seen the light and allowed this disclosure to happen. It is probable that
NeoMagic came to this decision after seeing how much interest was generated
by Red Hat's binary server release; Red Hat has demonstrated here that this
sort of engagement with hardware manufacturers can yield positive results.
See Red Hat's announcement for more.
The Open Group has decided to revert X11 back to the old license.
This should end an exercise where it looked as if they were trying to turn
the X window system into a proprietary product. The
license for X11R6.4 is
short and clear.
According to a message (in French) sent
to the NNL mailing list, Compaq has announced that they will support the
installation of Linux on their hardware. The actual installation
work will be done somehow by Compaq VARs.
- Netbeans is now bundling Cloudscape's embeddable Java-based object
- The Better Counter CGI script now ported to Linux
"B2B for SAP R/3, an XML-based solution that facilitates
inter-enterprise application integration between SAP R/3 and other
ERP systems over the Internet."
Content-tracking for their Linux-based web cache.
AVS5.4(R), a scientific visualization package.
- PowerQuest. Partition Magic 4.0, which now understands
(and can resize) ext2 file systems.
Web personalization software.
September 24, 1998