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ZDNet: The New Open Source Frontier

Mar 27, 2000, 21:43 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Babcock)

"Many young Internet businesses are implementing MySQL or PostgreSQL as open source code alternatives to traditional commercial systems, such as those from IBM, Informix and Oracle. There are several other open source relational database systems available, and some observers are starting to ask if one of these will emerge as a partner to Linux, working alongside the open source code operating system on Web servers and database servers. Others, however, wonder if the open source databases are up to the task...."

"nprise is in the process of spinning off a start-up, InterBase Software, with InterBase's original author, James Starkey, acting as a technical adviser to the company. InterBase Software will lead the InterBase development effort and promote the system as a viable open source alternative to commercial databases, says Ann Harrison, president of the new company. No date has been set for the completion of the spin-off. "InterBase is a system that can handle 600 to 700 simultaneous users," notes Keith Bigelow, director of product management at Lutris Technologies, which supplies the Enhydra application server. Bigelow is thinking about adding InterBase to the server. "Our only real concern is whether it can thrive once it becomes open source - will it get a vibrant community of developers behind it?"

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