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IBM DB2 9.7.2 was added to Canonical Partner Repository. You can install it into Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04 by following these instructions.

It is very simple way to get DB2 going and and it is fastest way how to get started with DB2 on Ubuntu. Another good options for easy DB2 deployments are Dubuntu and Dubuntu-TKL.

If you compare DB2 Express C with Oracle XE competitor you can see that that DB2 have 64-bit version available and runs fine on server with 512MB memory. Also Oracle XE was never updated to get fixes and security patches - its not good to put it into production. Oracle XE is used for training and to some extent for development, but you can not expect too much from it because it can hold just 4GB of data which is not enough for doing performance tuning of your application. If you need Oracle for development you can get a real one here for free.

IBM had special offers for developers - DB2 Personal Developer's Edition (PDE) (paid product) for developers but i cant find it any detailed product information on ibm site except short note on DB2 PE page. It was probably renamed to DB2 Enterprise Developer Edition because i was able to find quickstart guide for it.

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Comment by fuangwith on September 22, 2010 at 2:51pm
Wow, I use ubuntu 9.10 amd64
Comment by Rav Ahuja on September 14, 2010 at 2:57pm
Another option for getting up and running quickly with DB2 on Ubuntu 10.04 are pre-built AMIs from Canonical on Amazon Cloud.

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