Some articles such as this one from eWeek made it the main theme of the announcement:IBM Adds Mac Support to IDS for Higher Education.
- IBM will add Mac OS X Leopard to the list of operating systems supported by its Informix Dynamic Server 11, giving colleges and universities a new path to applications previously out of reach or difficult to customize.
The article mentions higher education companies such as Jenzabar:
- "Our higher education customers have been well served by our partnership with IBM throughout the years and they appreciate the reliability and low cost delivered by IBM Informix Dynamic Server, in combination with the Jenzabar Total Campus Management solution," Ben Bassett, VP, Software and Services, Jenzabar, Inc. "Jenzabar continues to be encouraged by the strong commitment IBM has made to IDS, as demonstrated by this extension of IDS support to the Mac platforms. IDS on Mac OS X will provide a robust database and development environment for the higher education market."
I hadn't given much thought to the educational aspects of the decision, but a free download of the Developer Edition for MAC OS does make Informix significantly more accessible to universities and colleges, and to VARs that supply software to the education industry. It will be interesting to see whether this can lead to increased uptake of IDS within academia generally.