Oracle waded deeper into Linux waters this week when it released a Linux version of its Web publishing tool, WebDB, and made the Linux version of its Oracle8i database available to retail customers.
The announcements were made here at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, where big-name IT firms including Oracle, IBM and Motorola are lining up alongside established Linux firms to tout their support for the popular open-source operating system.
WebDB is a browser-based tool designed to let users build, manage and monitor Web sites that provide access to information in a database. The product can help cut IT costs by allowing employees to publish their own documents on the Web, and update the content using a browser, according to Oracle.
WebDB for Linux is available now for free download at the Oracle Technology Network Web site, at technet.oracle.com/, the company said.
The database company also said it has partnered with Macmillan USA to package a Linux version of Oracle 8i in a retail package aimed at businesses and Linux enthusiasts who want to build a database-driven Web site.
Macmillan will package, promote and sell the product. It will be available through its retail partners in the US, which include CompUSA and Fry's Electronics, and worldwide through online stores like Egghead.com, Oracle said. The bundle includes books and online reference materials from Macmillan. Pricing wasn't immediately available.
Oracle has also released Linux versions of a handful of existing XML development tools, including its XML Parser, XML Class Generator, XML SQL Utilities and XSQL Servlet. They, too, are available through the Oracle Technology Network Web site.
In addition, Oracle has formed a new business unit devoted to marketing, development and partnership activities related to Linux, the company said.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has previously stated his intention for the company to deliver a $150 computer, targeted at the education market, which will use Netscape's Navigator and the Linux operating system.