(Nikkei BP Group)
(No.1 High-Tech News Site in Japanese)
| Relational Database Software for Linux to Debut in Japan
August 18, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Relational database software for Linux, a
free UNIX program, will be released in rapid succession in Japan.
|For example, Informix Corp. of the United States released software for
Linux that it will ship in Japan on Sept. 16.
The company started to ship the Linux version of its latest relational
database software, "Informix-SE.7.24," on July 22 in the United States.
Informix KK of Japan said that it had been receiving requests for the
Linux version not only from Linux users, but also from Informix users.
Japanese Informix users made the request every time they held meetings.
Designed for a small system consisting of scores of users, the Informix-SE
just released enjoys a high degree of stability and does not cost much
for maintenance. Informix of Japan said that the introduction of the
Linux version began with SE instead of with Dynamic Server, a higher-end
product, because the company wanted to see the Linux version's marketability.
Empress Japan will ship the Linux version of "EMPRESS 6.10," the latest
version of Empress released by Empress Software Inc. of Canada, at the
end of August.
Empress Japan has so far released only the trial version for personal
users for the purpose of market research. Empress of Canada has decided
to introduce a full product because Linux users are increasing in number
InterBase Software Corp. of the United States has already introduced
the Japanese version of its InterBase software. RIOS Corp. enabled the
Linux version of InterBase 4.0 to be downloaded free of charge through
its home page beginning on June 10. The company reported that there
were 986 downloads by the end of July.
Oracle Corp. of the United States, the largest vendor of relational database
software, announced that it would ship the Linux version of "Oracle
8" by the end of 1998. It will also introduce the Linux version of the
enterprise resource planning (ERP) package of "Oracle Applications"
in the first quarter of 1999. Oracle Corp. Japan, however, has not decided
if it will market these two Linux versions in Japan.