writes to mention the poll going on at Informix Zone, What is your opinion about a free IDS version?
The options are:
- A free IDS version for production use like the DB2 Express-C offering is mandatory
- The current free IDS version for educational use offered thru the IIUG is sufficient
- A free IDS version is needless
With votes currently running at 89%, 10%, 1% respectively, it seems that people want free stuff. The fact that DB2 has a free offering shows that at least some people in IBM see the concept as potentially beneficial in terms of overall revenue. Playing the devil's advocate.. is anyone willing to put the argument into words and make a reasoned case for how a free commercial edition of IDS will benefit IBM? Please comment.