ESRI now offers a wide selection of GIS software that is compatible with the Linux operating system. In its continuing commitment to open systems, ESRI’s ArcIMS 4, ArcSDE 8.2, MapObjects—Java Standard Edition, and ArcExplorer 4 software are all supported on Linux.
ArcIMS 4, which began shipping on April 29, 2002, runs on Intel-compatible Red Hat Linux 7.1 in addition to Microsoft Windows, Sun Solaris, IBM AIX, and HP-UX operating systems. ArcIMS is ESRI’s solution for distributing mapping and GIS data and services on the Web. It is a powerful, scalable, standards-based tool that lets you quickly design and manage Internet mapping services.
ArcSDE 8.2, which also began shipping April 29, 2002, is the GIS gateway for managing spatial data in a commercial database management system. ArcSDE serves spatial data to a wide variety of clients and is the key component in managing a multi-user spatial database. ArcSDE 8.2 for Oracle is the first ArcSDE release that supports Linux servers.
MapObjects—Java Standard Edition, which began shipping on April 1, 2002, is a suite of more than 900 Java-based GIS and mapping developer components that can be used to build custom, cross-platform GIS applications or applets. Because it is pure Java, MapObjects—Java Standard Edition can be used with Linux, Windows, and a variety of UNIX operating systems.
ArcExplorer 4—Java Edition is the newest version of ESRI’s free GIS data viewer. Because it is built with Java, ArcExplorer 4 allows users to enjoy cross-platform support including compatibility with Linux, Windows, and a number of UNIX operating systems. ArcExplorer 4 can be downloaded free of charge from http://www.esri.com/arcexplorer.