Subject: SAP DB to be open sourced
From: Ian Lance Taylor <>
Date: 14 Nov 2000 10:17:14 -0800

SAP is releasing their database under the GPL.  They expect to release
the sources in April 2001.

From their FAQ:

Why are you releasing SAP DB as Open Source? 

       SAP believes that times have changed, that databases are
       becoming part of the basic technology infrastructure, and as
       such, they need not be proprietary or complex. SAP sees that
       the time is right to drive open-source development of database
       technology and contribute to this effort by making SAP DB Open
       Source. Open-source development is revolutionizing the way
       software is created, as shown by the success of Linux, and SAP
       - which is already providing the first comprehensive e-business
       solution on Linux - wants to encourage this development.