Linux Journal: IBM’s DB2 Universal Database

Getting DB2 up and running on Linux.

“Have you been trying to install DB2 Universal Database on a
Linux-based workstation? Did you run into some troubles? As I scan
around the DB2 and Linux newsgroups, I hear from many of users who
are getting frustrated when trying to get DB2 running on Linux. How
did this problem get so big? Well, the Linux phenomenon is
relatively new and ever-changing. Recently, all sorts of vendors
are flocking to market their distributions, with slight differences
between them all. Combine that with what seems to be quarterly
releases and you can see how communication channels between the
Linux vendors and the people who build applications to run on them
get clogged. While efforts are being made between application
developers and Linux vendors to define this communication pipe, you
can use the information in this article to get yourself up and
running in no time at all.”

“DB2 for Linux is officially supported on the following Linux
distributions: Caldera OpenLinux, Red Hat Linux, TurboLinux and
SuSE Linux. This article will take you through the steps involved
in installing DB2 on each of the supported Linux distributions. In
the article, I assume you have not previously installed a version
of DB2 and you are not maintaining any of the default users created
by a default DB2 Installation. The three user IDs that will be
created during a DB2 installation are: db2inst1, db2fenc1 and
db2as. If you have any of these users on your system, be sure to
remove them and their associated directories before installing DB2.
This article also assumes you are familiar with the rpm command,
used to install packages. If you are not familiar with this
command, refer to your Linux documentation.”