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Apache Derby—Off to the Races: Includes Details of IBM® Cloudscape™ by Dan Scott, George Baklarz, Paul C. Zikopoulos

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How Can IBM Sell a Product for Profit and Contribute the Same Product to the Open Source Community?

Some members of the community might be skeptical about how IBM could possibly open source the code base for a product that is a source of revenue. Remember, if you choose to use IBM Cloudscape instead of Apache Derby, you are not paying for the right to use the database; you are only paying for a support contract (if you want one).

IBM has long been a strong contributor of open source software and open standards, especially in the areas of XML, Linux, Web Services, HTML, IP, HTTP, J2EE, true grid computing, and more. For example, IBM invented and donated the Distributed Relational Database Architecture (DRDA) standard for client/server communications. ...

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