Pervasive Unveils Remote Data Requester for Linux

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-06-13 Print this article Print

Extension connects Pervasive.SQL to remote Linux-based devices such as desktops, point-of-sale systems, set-top boxes and medical equipment.

Pervasive Software Inc. is releasing an extension for Pervasive.SQL—its embedded database—that will connect to remote Linux-based devices such as desktops, point-of-sale systems, set-top boxes and medical equipment. Remote Data Requester for Linux is now available as a free download from the companys site According to company officials, more than 60 percent of recently surveyed customers who have downloaded a test edition of the Pervasive.SQL server engine for Linux said they have or will have a Linux/Pervasive.SQL application within the next year. A Pervasive statement quoted Stephen Balacco, an analyst at Venture Development Corp., as saying that VDC has pegged Linux as the No. 1 operating system platform in 2002 supporting database management solutions for embedded system devices. "Going forward, we expect the use of Linux to expand and span all vertical markets in technologically advanced devices that increasingly will take on the issues of managing complex data with a database engine that is often tightly integrated with device-based applications," he said.
Like other Pervasive products, the Remote Data Requester supports various versions of open-source and commercially available Linux flavors. The software also supports transactional and relational data access methods. It supports Linux kernel Version 2.4 or higher for connection to Pervasive.SQL 2000i SP4 and Pervasive.SQL V8 SP2 back-end servers. Pervasive.SQL Linux has Red Hat Ready 2.1 compliance, meaning it has application compatability for enterprises running Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Pervasive.SQL V8 runs on Windows 2000, NT, ME, XP, 2003; NetWare 4, 5.1, 6 or higher; and on Linux.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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