IBM and the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) announced that IBM is contributing more than half million lines of relational database code to the ASF. IBM is offering "Derby," a copy of its current Cloudscape relational database product, to the ASF to spur more communal innovation for Java application development. By contributing the software to the open source community, IBM hopes to accelerate innovation around Java applications, which will in turn create new business opportunities based on a broad spectrum of applications, including those that use embedded databases and those for small businesses.

IBM has contributed the code to Apache under the ASF corporate contributor license grant.  The project will initially be managed by the Apache Incubator, which will inspect the code to ensure that it conforms to the organization's standards for licensing and code integrity and will oversee the formation of the development community. Starting immediately, the ASF and IBM will begin working with the community to establish Derby as a leading, open source, database offering.

Derby, by being contributed to the open source community by IBM, will benefit greatly from the collaborative development efforts of potentially thousands of \open source developers. Derby is the next step in IBM's strategy to help businesses create, use and innovate around database management systems. IBM is also announcing support from more than a dozen business partners and Linux distributors such as Red Hat, Novell, SUSE, Turbolinux and Red Flag. Once Derby is formally approved by the ASF and accepted by the community, IBM plans to base its IBM Cloudscape offering on the same technology as the Apache code and market it commercially.

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