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I'm going to develop some client-Server software which makes it easy to coordinate projects with project members all over the world (GPL of course). This requires a database on the server side and I don't know very much about databases. Which database should I choose? It has to be free to use, because I'm a student and can't afford to pay for a db, especially not when I'm writing freeware. Is there any grahical interface I could use to design the tables and relations? I already have some stuff I need in an Access database, is it possible to export an Access database to any Linux database?
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Hi, i suggest you try out MySQL at www.tcx.se.

THere's a graphical interface for X-Window, and  I'm in the process for creating one for Windows 95/98/NT.  If you decide to use mysql, and want to be a beta tester for my graphical interface, please let me know about it.

I don't think you can export access to any linux/unix system, but since its sql, you'll be able  to use an ODBC driver if you want to access your database with MS Access.

There's a free Sybase version for Linux, you can downloadit from www.redhat.com.  Sybase should be better than mysql, but I can't help you much with it, since I haven't used it at all.

MySQL has a few limitations yet, but it's a fully functional DBM, I suggest you download it, and If you decide for it, I'll help you in any problem you may run to.

later

Jorge
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I've downloaded and installed MySql now.

Sure, I can do some beta testing for you. I've two computers at home, one with linux and one with win95 even if I prefer Linux :) I'm not very experienced with databases so I maybe don't know what to expect of every single feature, but I'm a programmer so I might detect some error or design flaw. You can contact me on this email about beta testing: ken@linux.nu
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