IBM DB2 9 for Linux Available to Ubuntu Users

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Canonical Ltd, the lead sponsor of Ubuntu, today announced that users of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS edition (Long Term Support) can now download and deploy IBM DB2 9. The simplified deployment process and ease-of-use of Ubuntu, combined with IBM DB2 9 data server software, will enable companies to develop and deploy data servers at a lower cost.

Today’s announcement will allow developers to utillize enterprise class Viper data server technology to develop applications for customers who are deploying Ubuntu in their environments.

Canonical Ltd, the lead sponsor of Ubuntu, today announced that users of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS edition (Long Term Support) can now download and deploy IBM DB2 9. The simplified deployment process and ease-of-use of Ubuntu, combined with IBM DB2 9 data server software, will enable companies to develop and deploy data servers at a lower cost.

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS is freely available, including security updates on servers, with no restrictions on usage. Businesses can now easily download and deploy IBM DB2 9 for Linux from the commercial section of the Ubuntu repository benefiting from the integration that Canonical and IBM have developed.

"Partnering with IBM enables us to combine the stability and ease-of-use of Ubuntu with IBM's leading database solution, ensuring enterprise customers get the fully supported low-cost and robust solution they demand," said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu.

DB2 9 marks the culmination of a five-year IBM development project that transformed traditional, static database technology into an interactive, vibrant data server that enables clients to improve their ability to manage all types of information, such as documents, audio and video files, images, Web pages, and digitally signed XML transactions. IBM's new data server provides an industry-first seamless and simultaneous information flow of XML and relational data, regardless of format, platform or location.

"Ubuntu Linux provides an open source, easy to use operating environment that complements IBM DB2 9,” said Boris Bialek, director, IBM data servers partner program. “Today’s announcement will allow developers to utillize enterprise class Viper data server technology to develop applications for customers who are deploying Ubuntu in their environments.”

Worldwide commercial support, for Ubuntu deployments where additional service assurances are required, is available directly from Canonical's Global Support Services team.

Product support and other information, on IBM DB2 9 is available at
http://www.ibm.com/db2/.

About Canonical Ltd and Ubuntu

Canonical Ltd, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, is a global organisation headquartered in Europe committed to the development, distribution and support of open source software products and communities. World-class 24x7 commercial support for Ubuntu is available through Canonical's global support team and partners. Since its launch in October 2004 Ubuntu has become one of the most highly regarded Linux distributions with millions of users around the world. Ubuntu will always be free to download, free to use and free to distribute to others. With these goals in mind, Ubuntu aims to be the most widely used Linux system, and is the centre of a global open source software ecosystem.

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