Here is some of the press coverage:IBM's IDS to Support Mac Platform - Internet News.
IBM Informix Dynamic Server to Deliver Support for Mac OS X - CNN Money
There has been some speculation on the newsgroups as to what IBM's motivation for this is. Bernie Spang is quoted in the announcement as saying:
- "There are many Mac application developers in education and government who are looking for high performance, high reliability and scalability for database management software," Spang said. "It's important for them that it not complicate their experience. Mac is known for its ease of use. And ease of management really means no management at all."
Expect to see more announcements in the coming weeks concerning Cheetah 2 features, and open beta availability for other platforms. In the mean time, if you have Mac OS X 10.5, give the first Cheetah 2 Beta a test and enjoy IDS on a Mac. Oh, and let us know what breaks. Well it is a beta, what do you expect :-)
Update: 1/17/08 - I'm adding a comment made by Brad Patterson to the main post as it is worth knowing before you download:
- It's not readily apparent, until you download the dmg file and install the IDS beta where you can read the machine notes, that this release is compiled only for Intel Core 2 Duo and the latest Xeon processors (32/64-bit Intel architecture), not the Core Duo CPUs.
The files are x86_64 (64-bit) only and will not run on "older" Intel Macs.
myMac:bin informix$ file oninit
oninit: Mach-O 64-bit executable x86_64
I'll have to wait until I upgrade my laptop to Core 2 Duo to run this -- hopefully by then we'll be on a GA release!
Thanks Brad for testing this and sharing your discovery.