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InfoWorld: Open-source Pick-like Database Being Developed

Jan 07, 2003, 11:30 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Krill)

"Still under development but available in preliminary form, MaVerick is licensing the open-source offering, also called MaVerick, via a Library GPL agreement, said project founder Anthony Youngman, in London. The Library GPL stipulation means developers would only be required to make MaVerick source code changes available to the public domain, and not any applications they build on top of MaVerick, Youngman said. A general release of the database is anticipated in approximately a year.

"'MaVerick is an open-source implementation of the Pick database system," Youngman said. MaVerick wants to position its database as an alternative to enterprise relational systems from companies such as Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft, but knows this will be a tall order, given the marketing clout of these large vendors, Youngman said.

"'We darn well hope it's going to compete with Oracle; we think it's a far better system,' said Youngman. 'But as always, they've got the marketing muscle, they've got the money to pay for advertising...'"

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