"Sometimes, it's tough to be an Open Source advocate. Even after
explaining how wonderful the Linux operating system is. Even after
demonstrating without a single doubt the power and quality of
certain Open Source projects . . . the Apache Web server, the
single most popular Web server in the world . . . Sendmail, the
most widely used mail transport agent in the world . . . Perl, the
programming language that has been referred to as the Swiss Army
knife of the World Wide Web . . . even after all those arguments,
you are bound to have someone point out that free software has no
future because you can't make any money with it."
"AbriaSoft, an Open Source solutions provider based in Fremont,
California, begs to differ. Not only do they intend to make money,
they have created a company dedicated to bringing Open Source
solutions (specifically based on the immensely popular MySQL
database product) to the world in a simple, easy-to-use, turnkey
installation. With their flagship product, Abria SQL Standard, they
have decided to put their money where their mouth is (so to speak).
Aside from the product itself, AbriaSoft provides training,
support, and corporate services to their customers in both the
Linux and Windows world."
"I recently took the Abria SQL Standard product out for a test
drive. I admit to having looked only at the Linux version;
consequently, I will make no assumptions on the Windows version of
the product. Are you sitting comfortably? Then, let's begin."
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