IIUG Alert (Issue #13)
December 28, 2001
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- Happy New Year from the IIUG Board
- Online 5 is Alive and Well
- IDS 9.3 Status on Linux
- New Lug Corner
- Useful Links
1) Happy New Year from the IIUG Board!>
The IIUG Board would like to share its optimism for the coming year, expressed
recently by Board members to the entire Informix community. This past year has
been very eventful and as the year draws to a close, there are many positive
signs that 2002 will be a great year for Informix!
Fred Hubbard, Board President, recently shared that "We have a lot to
forward to in 2002 as many of our doubts have been put to rest, and a clearer
vision for our community seems to be taking shape." Board member Jerry
Hamilton expressed that the Informix community "has achieved remarkable
success in membership growth, product recognition and the transfer of
knowledge to more and more people." Fellow IIUG Board member
adds: "I believe that this year has been the most successful in the
history of the IIUG."
As you will see in the following articles, even the venerable Online 5.0 has a
bright future. We also feature some of the latest IDS offerings for the
platform. This issue also includes the new "LUG Corner" and is
evidence of the IIUG Board's continued IIUG initiative to strengthen our
Special Interest Group (SIG) lists and Local User Groups (LUGs). This
"lite" issue of the Alert reflects the hope that the majority of
our readership is enjoying a much deserved break.
before embarking on a tremendous New Year!
2) Online 5 is Alive and Well
NOTE: For more information about OnLine 5 as well as the other
products, you can subscribe to the "classics" E-mail discussion
list, as indicated on your membership profile.
In reply to a question from the user community about the status of Online 5,
Marcia Lyons, Online 5 Product Manger for IBM, reported that the venerable
work-horse is indeed "alive and well."
Referring to the product's white paper maintained on line at the IBM Web (see
), she shared that "IBM
continues to support traditional database servers and tools, the IBM Informix
"Classic" products. These products have earned a reputation for
utter reliability, robustness, simplicity and ease of use. Customers of
all sizes and in many industries have relied on these products for a
decade or more, and IBM is committed to sell, support and enhance them in
line with market demand, while not disturbing the fundamental stability
that makes them so attractive. Key to the future of these products
is our ongoing commitment to port them to new and updated operating
systems as they become available."
Concluding in her positive and upbeat response to the user she stated
of this demonstrates a commitment far greater than even a few years ago.
It's exciting to now be able to step forward and show our customers
strong future plans for OnLine 5."
3) IDS 9.3 Status on Linux
NOTE: For more information about Informix on Linux, you can subscribe to
the "linux-informix" E-newsletter, as indicated
on your membership profile.
Our informix-linux SIG list has a new moderator (Sean R. Durity) who has taken
the initiative to update the Linux FAQ page. One question recently
fielded was whether Informix 9.3 was available on the Linux platform.
He reported that "Yes, there is a Linux version of 9.30. Linux is still
a supported platform and will be ported near the release date of
other platforms. As we all know, IBM is a big supporter of Linux, so I
expect this to continue (one reason we choose Informix on Linux)."
He reported that there are two part numbers for Linux kernels 2.2.14 and
2.4.0. Watch for much more news about Informix on Linux in the upcoming
issues of this IIUG Alert!
4) New LUG Corner
Several Informix Local User Groups (LUGs) met in the month of December,
wrapping up an exciting year in the Informix Community. LUGs in
Michigan (MIUG), Washington, DC (WAIUG), Arizona (AZIUG), North Texas (NTIUG)
and Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana (OKIIUG) all convened during the busy month of
December. Topics covered new features in IDS 9.3, Server Studio, the
Geospatial datablade, performance tuning, 4GL and 4Js, data warehouse tips
and much more.
Many LUGs are making plans for 2002, including several who have not
met in a while and some that will meet for the first time. Colorado,
N. California, S. Florida and Mexico are just a few. For a complete
list of events, please visit www.iiug.org
and click on "Calendar" then
"Events." Hopefully you will see something in your area and
5) Useful Links
Watch the IIUG Highlights location for the 2001 IIC Recap photo feature!
NEW: Upcoming IBM US conferences
Informix Page within IBM PartnerWorld for Developers
IBM Informix homepage
Recent Data Management Product Announcements
Informix News from IBM Data Management
Closing and Credits
The International Informix Users Group (IIUG) is an international organization
designed to enhance communications between IBM Informix and its worldwide
user community. IIUG is now approaching 13,000 members and enjoys major
support from IBM's Data Management division. We also help local user groups
get started and promoted.
Sources: IIUG Board of Directors
Editors: David Smith, Fred Hubbard, and Ron Flannery, IIUG Board of Directors
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