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From Stefano Mazzocchi <>
Subject Re: [Offtopic] InstantDB to be Open Source!
Date Thu, 20 Apr 2000 20:57:30 GMT
Robin Green wrote:
> I know this is offtopic, but it must be quite common to use a database with
> Cocoon, so I thought people would be interested in this news:
> I just went to today to routinely read the manual,
> and was redirected to this:
> InstantDB has been bought by Lutris (sponsors of Enhydra) and they are
> promising to make it open source. As far as I know it will be the world's
> only open source, pure Java, production-quality (i.e. not alpha or beta)
> RDBMS publicly available. This is excellent news! The license will be an
> MPL-style-license:
> so as far as I can see (IANAL) it will even allow certain kinds of
> proprietary derived works (like the Apache Software Foundation license,
> unlike the GPL).
> Oracle won't be trembling in their boots _just_ yet - InstantDB just isn't
> in the same class. Not yet, anyway... but who knows what the future might
> hold? ;)

That's -great- news.

As soon as I grab it, I'll do a cocoon distribution that runs with SQL
support out of the box, how could would that be? :-)

Of course, you're free to use whatever database you like... but total
portability is _always_ good, isn't it?

Stefano Mazzocchi      One must still have chaos in oneself to be
                          able to give birth to a dancing star.
<>                             Friedrich Nietzsche
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