Informix News
18 Nov 13 - ZDNet - Top 20 mobile skills in demand... Read
09 Sep 13 - telecompaper - Shaspa and Tatung have shown a new smart home platform at Ifa in Berlin. Powered by the IBM Informix software... Read
06 Sep 13 - IBM data magazine - Mission Accomplished - Miami, Florida will be the backdrop for the 2014 IIUG Informix Conference... Read
01 Feb 13 - IBM Data Magazine - Are your database backups safe? Lester Knutsen (IBM Champion) writes about database back up safety using "archecker"... Read
14 Nov 12 - IBM - IBM's Big Data For Smart Grid Goes Live In Texas... Read
3 Oct 12 - The Financial - IBM and TransWorks Collaborate to Help Louisiana-Pacific Corporation Achieve Supply Chain Efficiency... Read
28 Aug 12 - techCLOUD9 - Splunk kicks up a SaaS Storm... Read
10 Aug 12 - businessCLOUD9 - Is this the other half of Cloud monitoring?... Read
3 Aug 12 - IBM data management - Supercharging the data warehouse while keeping costs down IBM Informix Warehouse Accelerator (IWA) delivers superior performance for in-memory analytics processing... Read
2 Aug 12 - channelbiz - Oninit Group launches Pay Per Pulse cloud-based service... Read
28 May 12 - Bloor - David Norfolk on the recent Informix benchmark "pretty impressive results"... Read
23 May 12 - DBTA - Informix Genero: A Way to Modernize Informix 4GL Applications... Read
9 Apr 12 - Mastering Data Management - Upping the Informix Ante: Advanced Data Tools... Read
22 Mar 12 - developerWorks - Optimizing Informix database access... Read
14 Mar 12 - - International Informix User Group set to meet in San Diego... Read
1 Mar 12 - IBM Data Management - IIUG Heads West for 2012 - Get ready for sun and sand in San Diego... Read
1 Mar 12 - IBM Data Management - Running Informix on Solid-State Drives.Speed Up Database Access... Read
26 Feb 12 - - Better results, lower cost for a broad set of new IBM clients and partners... Read
24 Feb 12 - developerWorks - Informix Warehouse Accelerator: Continuous Acceleration during Data Refresh... Read
6 Feb 12 - PRLOG - Informix port delivers unlimited database scalability for popular SaaS application ... Read
2 Feb 12 - developerWorks - Loading data with the IBM Informix TimeSeries Plug-in for Data Studio... Read
1 Feb 12 - developerWorks - 100 Tech Tips, #47: Log-in to Fix Central... Read
13 Jan 12 - MC Press online - Informix Dynamic Server Entices New Users with Free Production Edition ... Read
11 Jan 12 - Computerworld - Ecologic Analytics and Landis+Gyr -- Suitors Decide to Tie the Knot... Read
9 Jan 12 - - DNS impact on Informix / Impacto do DNS no Informix... Read
8 Sep 11 - - IBM Offers Database Solution to Enable Smart Meter Data Capture... Read
1 Aug 11 - IBM Data Management Magazine - IIUG user view: Happy 10th anniversary to IBM and Informix... Read
8 Jul 11 - Database Trends and Applications - Managing Time Series Data with Informix... Read
31 May 11 - Smart Grid - The meter data management pitfall utilities are overlooking... Read
27 May 11 - IBM Data Management Magazine - IIUG user view: Big data, big time ( Series data, warehouse acceleration, and 4GLs )... Read
16 May 11 - Business Wire - HiT Software Announces DBMoto for Enterprise Integration, Adds Informix. Log-based Change Data Capture... Read
21 Mar 11 - Yahoo! Finance - IBM and Cable&Wireless Worldwide Announce UK Smart Energy Cloud... Read
14 Mar 11 - MarketWatch - Fuzzy Logix and IBM Unveil In-Database Analytics for IBM Informix... Read
11 Mar 11 - InvestorPlace - It's Time to Give IBM Props: How many tech stocks are up 53% since the dot-com boom?... Read
9 Mar 11 - DBTA - Database Administration and the Goal of Diminishing Downtime... Read
2 Feb 11 - DBTAs - Informix 11.7 Flexible Grid Provides a Different Way of Looking at Database Servers... Read
27 Jan 11 - exactsolutions - Exact to Add Informix Support to Database Replay, SQL Monitoring Solutions... Read
25 Jan 11 - PR Newswire - Bank of China in the UK Works With IBM to Become a Smarter, Greener Bank... Read
12 Oct 10 - Database Trends and Applications - Informix 11.7: The Beginning of the Next Decade of IBM Informix... Read
20 Sep 10 - - ITG analyst paper: Cost/Benefit case for IBM Informix as compared to Microsoft SQL Server... Read
20 Jul 10 - IBM Announcements - IBM Informix Choice Edition V11.50 helps deploy low-cost scalable and reliable solutions for Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows... Read
20 Jul 10 - IBM Announcements - Software withdrawal: Elite Support for Informix Ultimate-C Edition... Read
24 May 10 - eWeek Europe - IBM Supplies Database Tech For EU Smart Grid... Read
23 May 10 - SiliconIndia - IBM's smart metering system allows wise use of energy... Read
21 May 10 - CNET - IBM to help people monitor energy use... Read
20 May 10 - ebiz - IBM Teams With Hildebrand To Bring Smart Metering To Homes Across Britain... Read
19 May 10 - The New Blog Times - Misurare il consumo energetico: DEHEMS è pronto... Read
19 May 10 - ZDNet - IBM software in your home? Pact enables five-city smart meter pilot in Europe... Read
17 March 10 - ZDNet (blog) David Morgenstern - TCO: New research finds Macs in the enterprise easier, cheaper to manage than... Read
17 March 2010 - Virtualization Review - ...key components of Big Blue's platform to the commercial cloud such as its WebSphere suite of application ser vers and its DB2 and Informix databases... Read
10 February 2010 - The Wall Street Journal - International Business Machines is expanding an initiative to win over students and professors on its products. How do they lure the college crowd?... Read

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2. Obtaining the Software

2.1 Supported and unsupported platforms

As of this FAQ's most recent release date, Informix-SE has been formally tested on the following platforms (all Intel):

  • Caldera OpenLinux 1.2 (kernel 2.0.33, libc5)
  • S.u.S.E. 5.2 (libc5)
  • RedHat 5.1 (kernel 2.0.34, glibc 2.0.7)

The release notes for the glibc version state that this version was tested on a Pentium II 400 Mhz box running RedHat 5.1. Similary, the release notes for the libc5 version state that the libc5 version was tested on a Pentium II 400 Mhz box running OpenLinux 1.2.

Informix has two separate ports now. The original version was compiled with libc5 and ran unmodified on distributions such as Caldera's OpenLinux 1.2, S.u.S.E. 5.2, Slackware 3.5 and older and Debian 1.3. Informix promised from the outset to support the new glibc (a/k/a libc6) so that RedHat users would also be able to use it. Informix delivered on that promise during the final week of October.

Those using glibc/libc6-based systems may be able to run the libc5 version if they also install libc5 runtimes. This is an unsupported configuration, so if you futz your system, don't blame me. Several people report running such systems without incident, but, caveat emptor. Instructions for installing libc5 on glibc/libc6 systems exist; see Additional Resources at the end of this document.

2.2 Register at Intraware

NOTE: If you live outside the United States, you should call 800-331-1763. I have heard that dialing 800 numbers from outside the United States is not always possible, however, so you may want to contact the closest Informix office. For a list of locations, visit

Before you can download Informix-SE, you have to register at the Intraware site, since they are handling the downloads for Informix. Registration is free, and the questions asked are not too intrusive. To register, go to and follow the prompts. You will receive a usercode and password via email from Intraware within a few hours (I received mine about twenty minutes later). Print this information out and make backup copies.

2.3 Get the software

Order the CD

To order the CD, call 800-331-1763.

Download from Intraware

After receiving your Intraware usercode and password, surf on over to and click on the "Download Page" link. Make the selections that fit your system. Unless you know you need the language supplements, only download Informix Connect Version 7.24.UC5 and Informix SE Version 7.24.UC5.

The libc5 version

You wind up with a 9.5 Mb zipped file named

The glibc version

You wind up with a 12.1Mb zipped file named (I kid you not!). No spaces below. informix_se___esql_c_bundle_7_24_uc5_for_linux_

2.4 Register at IDN

This is a strictly optional step, although highly recommended. IDN is the Informix Developers Network. Through the registered areas of IDN you obtain access to the Linux users' forum hosted by Informix, technical notes and other information.

2.5 Register at IIUG

Again, this is an optional step, although, again, I strongly recommend it. IIUG is the International Informix Users Group. It is mostly the IIUG that we have to thank for persuading Informix to start porting their products to Linux. For Linux users, highlights of the IIUG site include several HOWTOs for getting Informix-SE up and running on your machine, a complete, searchable archive of comp.databases.informix and a grundle of code that will help you use your new installation of Informix-SE and make the job of maintaining it easier.

2.6 What's the catch?

The development bundles is free and does not expire, so you can install it and use it to your heart's content. Which is to say, "There is no catch."

However, and although I wouldn't necessarily consider it a "catch," if you develop an application on top of Informix-SE and distribute it, you will have to buy a runtime-license for each user of the engine. You can also purchase support contracts for development needs. Informix is not in this for free and expects to see some payoff for their efforts.

For more information, contact an Informix sales office:

2.7 Is technical support available?

Yes, but TANSTAAFL. Support contracts will cost you money. Why? Those familiar with the RDBMS business understand that support contracts constitute one of the three major revenue sources for RDBMS vendors (the other two sources are run-time licenses and consulting fees). This may surprise new kids in the sand box who are accustomed to the "free" "technical support" from other software vendors. Worth noting, however, is that support contracts generally buy you much better service and support than the free technical support offered by, for example, Microsoft or Dell.

For more information about technical support contracts:

That said, several Informix employees and many long-time users of Informix products hang out in comp.databases.informix. My own experience has been that c.d.i. and its companion mailing list are a fast source of support. c.d.i.'s inmates are patient and fairly tolerant, but I STRONGLY recommend that you do your homework before posting - search DejaNews ( and lurk in the group before posting. Since "there is nothing new under the sun in c.d.i." (with apologies to Ecclesiastes) you will also want to read the Informix FAQ maintained by David Williams and hosted at the IIUG site.

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