> From: Paul Linehan [mailto:plinehan at yahoo.com]
>> There are two open alternatives that I can think of
> that don't appear to have been mentioned
> elsewhere in this thread.
>>> One is Firebird (this is my personal favourite).
> It is http://FirebirdSQL.org and you can
> purchase support contracts here
Indeedy - I had never even heard of firebird until we started a new job
last week with a client who uses it. So we popped it onto a box
downstairs and wow - it is fast. Comes with some lovely client tools
also. Supports all the db goodies, transactions, stored procedures,
> It's really amazing to think how much they've got
> out of a db that is only 4 MB in size - that's 10
> times smaller than the Oracle *_client_*.
>>> Having said all of the above, Oracle is really
> a super product, but ya pays ya money...
>IBM's db2 is another cheaper alternative to Oracle. Free single
developer license downloadable from their website.
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