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Enterprise Linux Today: SAP to open source database software

Oct 06, 2000, 15:01 (1 Talkback[s])
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"German software giant SAP plans to deliver its database to the open source community by the end of the year. SAP is launching and hosting a community forum at www.sapdb.org to provide users with access to the web-enabled database software. Karl-Heinz Haas, SAP's executive vice president, said the company wants to foster a dynamic environment for developers to evaluate, critique and enhance SAP DB."

"With SAP DB as open source, Linux moves one step closer to delivering complete open solutions to customers," said Dick Hohndel, chief technology officer of European Linux distributor, SuSE Linux. "SAP DB is proven and mature - in a word, an enterprise-ready database for web solutions - and we are excited that SAP has decided to open it up."

"Observers believe the move could enable SAP to better challenge Oracle and IBM in the database world. However, SAP will also have to compete with the open source community's MySQL database. Rival Progress Software recently set up a unit called Nusphere to distribute the database."

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