Sybase Inc said yesterday that it will port its flagship database, Dynamic Server, to the Linux platform by the second quarter this year. The Emeryville, California-based database vendor said the latest version of its database, release 11.9.2, will be available on all versions of the Linux operating system (OS) although fixes be made available first for the RedHat, Caldera and S.U.S.E versions of the software. James Griffin, director of product marketing for Sybase said this wasn’t the first time the company had made a version of its database available on Linux. In September 1998, it announced Linux support for the 11.0.3 release. But this is the first time the company has offered support for its database on the free OS, he added. With the older version, users had to purchase support from either RedHat or Caldera for the bundle. Despite that, Griffin said over 40,000 customers still opted to download the software, That’s why we’ve decided to port our flagship product to the OS and offer full service options, he said. The company will offer two support options, the first based on a per incident basis and the second being a full, round the clock service option. Pricing for the options will be available during the second quarter. In terms of its overall Linux strategy, Griffin said that Sybase intends to port all future releases of its software to Linux as and when they become available. We’re making Linux one of our core platforms, alongwith Unix and NT, he said. The company has already announced Linux support for its Open Client software (which allows users to access to information held within backend databases) and its embedded database, SQL Anywhere Studio.