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Canonical Partners with IBM for Closed Source Database

Feb 21, 2008, 20:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Aslett)

"Here's an interesting bit of news from the blurred line between open and closed source software. Ubuntu sponsor Canonical has announced that it is reselling IBM's DB2 Express-C database as both a standalone software package and as a software appliance with VMware. While Express-C is free as in beer, it is not free as in speech. Of course, if you want support it is not free at all.

"DB2 Express-C is available as a free download from th Ubuntu repositories for Ubuntu 7.10 or later, while users have to register to be sent download instructions for the DB2 Express-C vitual appliance, which requires VMWare Server, VMWare Player 2.0, VMWare Workstation 5.5 or VMWare ESX Server..."

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