Chapter 5 Commercial Applications

Note: This section is still very sparse, though we are hoping, of course, that companies will add to it! :) The FreeBSD group has no financial interest in any of the companies listed here but simply lists them as a public service (and feels that commercial interest in FreeBSD can have very positive effects on FreeBSD's long-term viability). We encourage commercial software vendors to send their entries here for inclusion. See the Vendors page for a longer list.

5.1. Where can I get an Office Suite for FreeBSD?
5.2. Where can I get Motif for FreeBSD?
5.3. Where can I get CDE for FreeBSD?
5.4. Are there any commercial high-performance X servers?
5.5. Are there any Database systems for FreeBSD?
5.6. Can I run Oracle on FreeBSD?

5.1. Where can I get an Office Suite for FreeBSD?

  • The FreeBSD Mall offers a FreeBSD native version of VistaSource ApplixWare 5.

    ApplixWare is a rich full-featured, commercial Office Suite for FreeBSD containing a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation program, vector drawing package, and other applications.

    You can purchase ApplixWare for FreeBSD here.

  • The Linux version of StarOffice works flawlessly on FreeBSD. The easiest way to install the Linux version of StarOffice is through the FreeBSD Ports collection. Future versions of the open-source OpenOffice suite should work as well.

5.2. Where can I get Motif for FreeBSD?

The Open Group has released the source code to Motif 2.1.30. You can install the open-motif package, or compile it from ports. Refer to the ports section of the Handbook for more information on how to do this.

Note: The Open Motif distribution only allows redistribution if it is running on an open source operating system.



In addition, there are commercial distributions of the Motif software available. These, however, are not for free, but their license allows them to be used in closed-source software. Contact Apps2go for the least expensive ELF Motif 2.1.20 distribution for FreeBSD (either i386 or Alpha).

There are two distributions, the ``developement edition'' and the ``runtime edition'' (for much less). These distributions includes:

  • OSF/Motif manager, xmbind, panner, wsm.

  • Development kit with uil, mrm, xm, xmcxx, include and Imake files.

  • Static and dynamic ELF libraries (for use with FreeBSD 3.0 and above).

  • Demonstration applets.

Be sure to specify that you want the FreeBSD version of Motif when ordering (do not forget to mention the architecture you want too)! Versions for NetBSD and OpenBSD are also sold by Apps2go. This is currently a FTP only download.

More info

Apps2go WWW page

or

or

or

phone (817) 431 8775 or +1 817 431-8775

Contact Metro Link for an either ELF or a.out Motif 2.1 distribution for FreeBSD.

This distribution includes:

  • OSF/Motif manager, xmbind, panner, wsm.

  • Development kit with uil, mrm, xm, xmcxx, include and Imake files.

  • Static and dynamic libraries (specify ELF for use with FreeBSD 3.0 and later; or a.out for use with FreeBSD 2.2.8 and earlier).

  • Demonstration applets.

  • Preformatted man pages.

Be sure to specify that you want the FreeBSD version of Motif when ordering! Versions for Linux are also sold by Metro Link. This is available on either a CDROM or for FTP download.

Contact Xi Graphics for an a.out Motif 2.0 distribution for FreeBSD.

This distribution includes:

  • OSF/Motif manager, xmbind, panner, wsm.

  • Development kit with uil, mrm, xm, xmcxx, include and Imake files.

  • Static and dynamic libraries (for use with FreeBSD 2.2.8 and earlier).

  • Demonstration applets.

  • Preformatted man pages.

Be sure to specify that you want the FreeBSD version of Motif when ordering! Versions for BSDI and Linux are also sold by Xi Graphics. This is currently a 4 diskette set... in the future this will change to a unified CD distribution like their CDE.

5.3. Where can I get CDE for FreeBSD?

Xi Graphics used to sell CDE for FreeBSD, but no longer do.

KDE is an open source X11 desktop which is similar to CDE in many respects. You might also like the look and feel of xfce. KDE and xfce are both in the ports system.

5.4. Are there any commercial high-performance X servers?

Yes, Xi Graphics and Metro Link sell Accelerated-X product for FreeBSD and other Intel based systems.

The Metro Link offering is a high performance X Server that offers easy configuration using the FreeBSD Package suite of tools, support for multiple concurrent video boards and is distributed in binary form only, in a convenient FTP download. Not to mention the Metro Link offering is available at the very reasonable price of $39.

Metro Link also sells both ELF and a.out Motif for FreeBSD (see above).

More info

Metro Link WWW page

or

or

or

phone (954) 938-0283 or +1 954 938-0283

The Xi Graphics offering is a high performance X Server that offers easy configuration, support for multiple concurrent video boards and is distributed in binary form only, in a unified diskette distribution for FreeBSD and Linux. Xi Graphics also offers a high performance X Server tailored for laptop support.

There is a free ``compatibility demo'' of version 5.0 available.

Xi Graphics also sells Motif and CDE for FreeBSD (see above).

More info

Xi Graphics WWW page

or

or

or

phone (800) 946 7433 or +1 303 298-7478.

5.5. Are there any Database systems for FreeBSD?

Yes! See the Commercial Vendors section of FreeBSD's Web site.

Also see the Databases section of the Ports collection.

5.6. Can I run Oracle on FreeBSD?

Yes. The following pages tell you exactly how to setup Linux-Oracle on FreeBSD:

This, and other documents, can be downloaded from ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/doc/.

For questions about FreeBSD, read the documentation before contacting <questions@FreeBSD.org>.
For questions about this documentation, e-mail <doc@FreeBSD.org>.