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TechWeb: Change At Top Drives Sybase's Earnings Streak; Weak Linux Support May Hurt

Dec 11, 2000, 16:53 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe McKee)

"Additional concerns hit Sybase's server products: For example, Linux developers perceive a lack of support. Sybase is expanding its Linux-server expertise, but the company has only one point person for Linux-server development, said Tom Traubitz, director of marketing of the enterprise solutions division at Sybase, Emeryville, Calif."

"Traubitz said Oracle's 8i product moved quickly to partner with Red Hat Linux. "Red Hat isn't the only Linux platform," he said. "We want our systems to work with SuSE, Caldera, and the dozens of freeware versions."

"Linux versions on some Sybase server products are available for download; Sybase, however, won't be promoting Linux for EAServer or ASE products until next year. That delay in Linux promotion may cost Sybase in the mobile game. Because of its small size, Linux is the OS of choice for many handheld and wireless platforms. SQL Anywhere is Linux-friendly, but often connects to NT or Unix back-ends because developers are unaware Sybase offers Linux server options."

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