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LinuxWorld: IBM's DB2 Universal Database 7.1 for Linux shines

Sep 19, 2000, 23:23 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Uche Ogbuji)

"A few installation kinks aside, IBM's DB2 Universal Database 7.1 for Linux impresses with its superior ease of use, stability, and variety of tools."

"IBM first ported its Universal Database to Linux in version 6.0, in the great 1998-1999 wave of commercial database ports that also starred Oracle, Informix, Borland, and Sybase. In fact, DB2 for Linux was originally to be available at no charge, and it only became payware after IBM noticed high demand from corporate customers. Big Blue has followed through with Linux versions of each subsequent release. Promising the full panolpy of enterprise database features, from a robust ANSI SQL-92 core to Object Database (if not yet SQL-99) extensions to administration, network, performance tuning, and replication tools, to extenders for geospacial systems, XML, hard-core financial number-crunching, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera."

"I downloaded IBM DB2 personal edition from the source. There was an option to order a CD, but the last time I ordered a DB2 CD from IBM (UDB 6.2), delivery took over two months, and I wanted to have a look this year. Besides, linuxpecmn.tar was a pretty modest-sized download (relative to its peers) at 75 MB. You might be wondering why IBM doesn't gzip it as well, but it turns out that most of the archive contents are RPMs, which already compress their contents."

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