IBM Hints At Open-Source DB2

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Jim Manico, OWASP Global Board Member

June 16, 2008

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IBM's DB2 relational database software, which this month turned 25, may be going open source -- at some point."We have a light version of the product offered for free, which is a step towards exposing our core (DB2) technology," said Chris Livesey, IBM's U.K. director of information management software. "Looking at IBM's heritage in contributing to the open-source market, we've been particularly keen to lead that market."

That said, IBM has no immediate plans to offer up DB2 code. For now it's concentrating on improving the interaction capabilities between DB2 and business intelligence products so queries can be centrally managed.

Interestingly, the DB2 news comes a few days after Big Blue execs sent a memo to the company's technical staff, urging them to start conforming to open standards.CNET News

About the Author(s)

Jim Manico

OWASP Global Board Member

Jim Manico is a Global Board Member for the OWASP foundation where he helps drive the strategic vision for the organization. OWASP's mission is to make software security visible, so that individuals and organizations worldwide can make informed decisions about true software security risks. OWASP's AppSecUSA<> conferences represent the nonprofit's largest outreach efforts to advance its mission of spreading security knowledge, for more information and to register, see here<>. Jim is also the founder of Manicode Security where he trains software developers on secure coding and security engineering. He has a 18 year history building software as a developer and architect. Jim is a frequent speaker on secure software practices and is a member of the JavaOne rockstar speaker community. He is the author of Iron-Clad Java: Building Secure Web Applications<> from McGraw-Hill and founder of Brakeman Pro. Investor/Advisor for Signal Sciences.

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