I would remind anyone that cares to listen that, as a matter of fact, it's
the user's of OPNQRYF, DDS, non-free (in more ways than one) RPG, as well as
zMainframes, which paid for all this "new" crap.

You use SQL??  Fine by me.  But this "everything would work better if only
the lamer's ALL converted to THE ONE SOLUTION" don't work.  And you can fill
in THE ONE SOLUTION with LAMP, Java, MS, or whatEVER, and it shows pretty
cleary that THE ONE SOLUTION for the ENTIRE PLANET approach is.. well..
Rather than spell out what I think of this logic, I'll just say it's not
gonna happen and leave it at that.

And what do these customers, who've paid $billions and $billions of profits
to IBM, a LOT of which has gone to support the development of "free" Linux
and "new and better" SQL-only optimizers get?  Then they get the "privilege"
of scrapping all their WORKING code and converting to something worse,
that's what they then get.  Makes those $billions and $billions look pretty
small, in that context.

And why?  Because in mid-90's John Thompson head of SWG (among others)
decided that "free" source was THE ONE SOLUTION.  It wasn't very well
thought out, as to what to do when Apache and MySQL started carving up the
profits that webservers and DB2 were providing, which it has been doing.
Theory was that SWG would be on to other things (WebSphere) but then OSS
(Tomcat) can just carve up those profits too.

So, while I believe that software CAN still bring in profits, I disagree
with the theory that the way to do it is to rob Peter to pay Paul.

| -----Original Message-----
| [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of DeLong, Eric
| Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2004 9:46 AM

| All new database enhancements
| are made exclusively to SQL, not the legacy database engine. New query
| optimizers are exclusively SQL......

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