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Enterprise Linux Today: SAP Drives Open-Source Database Development

Oct 05, 2000, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Fred Mobach for this link. ]

"Today at Linux World, SAP AG announced it will make the SAP DB database management system available as open-source software under GNU General Public License. SAP will host a community forum at http://www.sapdb.org to drive further development of SAP DB with open-source contributors and provide users with free access to the Web-enabled database software so they can rapidly deploy and custom develop applications."

"We welcome the SAP decision to make SAP DB open source," said Bernhard Kraft, SAP-basis competence centrum manager at Deutsche Post in Bonn, Germany. "This will ensure fast, continual, Internet-speed improvement of our database platform, SAP DB." Deutsche Post World Net, based in Bonn, is a leading international provider of mail services and logistics with worldwide subsidiaries and branches."

"The open-source development method, of which the Linux operating system is probably the most widely known example, makes software source code freely available for anyone to review, enhance and redistribute. SAP is already actively participating in the open-source community. In March 1999, when it announced the availability of SAP solutions on Linux, SAP became the first inter-enterprise business software provider to deliver e-business solutions on Linux and have live customers."

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