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Open-source Databases (freeware)
Apache DerbyAn open source relational database implemented entirely in Java
Apache DerbyFreeware, open-source, relational, small-footprint database system which is fully created in Java. Runs on any operating system which has a compatible Java Virtual Machine installed.
B-Tree FilerFast file-based database-system created with Delphi, and which is not dependent on other tools, such as the BDE, ODBC or third-party dll's. Freeware, open-source.
Berkeley DBOpen Source embedded database system. It consists of a toolkit that provides high-performance built-in database support for desktop and server applications. Access through B+tree, Extended Linear Hashing, Fixed and Variable-length records, and Queues. No support for SQL. Also: transactions, database recovery, online backups, and separate access to locking, logging and shared memory caching subsystems.
Supports C, C++, Java, Tcl, Perl, and Python APIs. Runs on Windows 95/98/NT/2000, VxWorks, Linux and various other types of Unix.
Freeware when distributed with non-commercial or open-source applications.
DataReelA cross-platform C++ development kit used to build multi-threaded database and communications applications. Using DataReel you can build end-user applications, embedded systems, and reusable libraries for multiple operating systems.
DrizzleA lightweight open-source MySQL-alternative database system. Suitable for Linux (Fedora, Red Hat, Debian, Ubuntu) and Apple OSX.
Firebird DatabaseFirebird is a relational database for Linux, Windows, and a variety of Unix platforms. Open-source, freeware, based on Interbase.
FlashFilerFreeware, open-source SQL client/server database engine created using Delphi.
GNU SQL ServerA free portable multiuser relational database management system created in C. It supports SQL89 and has some extensions from SQL92.
H2 Database EngineOpen source Java SQL database engine with embedded, server and cluster modes. Supports standard SQL and the JDBC API.
The author of H2, Thomas Mueller, is also the original developer of Hypersonic SQL (see below). However, H2 is built from scratch to overcome some limitations of Hypersonic SQL / HSQLDB.
HyperSQL - HSQLDBFast, small-footprint relational SQL database system written entirely in Java.
MariaDBDatabase server that offers drop-in replacement functionality for MySQL. It is built by some of the original authors of MySQL and the open source community. It also offers additional features, optimizations and patches. For Linux, Windows and Solaris.
MySQLWell-known freeware, multi-user, multi-threaded SQL database server. Versions available for Windows, Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD, AIX, SunOS, etc. JDBC drivers available. Most Internet providers offer MySQL as part of their Webhosting packages.
Freeware under the GPL license.
OcelotFree database that supports the full ANSI / ISO SQL Standard (1992), and a list of SQL3 features (also known as SQL-99). Runs on various versions of Windows. Database can be called using ODBC. Programs written in C, BASIC, Pascal, Delphi, etc. can also use this database system with direct dll calls.
If you want to distribute this database with your freeware program, it might not be free.
Percona ServerA high-performance open-source drop-in replacement for MySQL. Suitable for Linux (Read Hat, Ubuntu, CentOS, Fedora, Debian), FreeBSD and SunOS.
PerstPerst is an open source, object-oriented embedded database for Java and .NET.
PostGreSQLFreeware. "The Vision of PostgreSQL, Inc. is to support the market dominance of PostgreSQL as the definitive freeware SQL database solutions for individuals and organizations worldwide."
Advanced object-relational DBMS, supporting almost all SQL constructs, including sub-selects, transactions, and user-defined types and functions. Runs on various flavors of unix, like Linux, FreeBSD. Clients available for OS/2 and Win32. ODBC and JDBC drivers available.
Sanchez GT.MIndustrial strength, transaction processing application platform consisting of a database engine optimized for high TP throughput and a compiler for the M (aka MUMPS) programming language. GT.M is open-source freeware on x86/Linux.
SQLLiteSQLite is a small C library that implements a self-contained, embeddable, zero-configuration SQL database engine.
 
Free Databases
DB2 Express-CFree edition of IBM's commercial DB2 database.
MS SQLServer
Express Edition
Freeware lightweight version of Microsoft's commercial SQL Server database.
Oracle Database 10g
Express Edition
Freeware edition of Oracle's high-grade 10g database.
Real IsamA database library (DLL) that uses the ISAM method (Indexed Sequential Access Method) to manage access keys and variable length data records. For C++, Delphi, Visual Basic, etc. Freeware for Windows.
 
NoSQL Databases
Data-storage options without using a RDBMS (relational database management system) and without SQL. Removing the SQL/RDBMS layer can improve performance and scalability. For instance, Amazon.com uses its own NoSQL system called Dynamo and Google uses BigTable.
CassandraA highly scalable, eventually consistent, distributed, structured key-value store. Cassandra brings together the distributed systems technologies from Dynamo and the data model from Google's BigTable
CouchDBApache CouchDB is a distributed, fault-tolerant and schema-free document-oriented database.
HBaseOpen-source distributed database written in Java.
HypertableAn open-source column-based distributed data storage system designed to support applications requiring maximum performance, scalability, and reliability.
mongoDBHigh-performance, open source, schema-free, document-oriented database written in C++.
Project VoldemortAn open-source distributed key-value storage system.
The dark side of NoSQLDisadvantages of the NoSQL approach.
 
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Free Data Models
Library of Free
Data Models
Free data models and diagrams. A useful site for those interested in database design
OpenDB AllianceA universal 'Public PIM' data model for storing addresses, phone numbers, projects and products and their many-to-many relationships.
 
Free Database Tools
Cube it ZeroA free OLAP cube builder for SQL Server which brings building cubes within the grasp of anyone familiar with MS Access queries (or SQL Server Views) using a simple 4 step process.
Direct SQLCross-platform (Windows and Linux) Delphi/Kylix native components for directly accesing mySQL servers (without using any externall dll's).
MySQL++MySQL++ is a C++ wrapper for MySQL's API.
Open source
dbExpress drivers
DbExpress driver for ODBC. Supports Delphi 7 & 6.02, BCB 6, and Kylix 2 & 3. Tested against many Databases including: Microsoft SqlServer, Oracle, IBM DB2, Centura SqlBase, MySql, Microsoft Access, and
ToadFreeware tool for database administration and development consisting of SQL Editor, Database Browser, Export Utility, Sessions Manager, Project Manager, and other features to make you more productive than before. Toad supports the following databases: Oracle, DB2, SQL Server, MySQL and runs on Windows.
 
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Find your missing system file (dll, vxd, ocx, driver, etc.) or BIOS upgrade, and download it for free.
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Free file, disk and email encryption software; free password managers, free data wiping tools, firewalls, computer vulnerability tests.
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Disk Utilities
Disk catalog programs; backup, compression, split and zip programs; disk search engines, disk management utilities, remote file storage services, data recovery tools, data wipe tools, downloadable boot disks and more.
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Administrator utilities
Free process viewers, system analysis tools, network monitoring tools, registry tools, task schedulers.
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