[ubuntu-uk] (Slightly OT) Standalone databases

Bob Giles thecorfiot at gmail.com
Thu Oct 20 07:29:42 UTC 2011

Hi listers,

Firstly, I read on a tweet today that it's Ubuntu's 7th birthday today. 
Happy birthday Ubuntu!

Now for the real reason for the post.

I want to create a simple database that I can distribute to others and 
was hoping to come up with a solution that just allowed me to distribute 
it as a standalone package in much the same way that MS users can with 
Access. I want it to run under linux. If it was cross platform, that 
would be even better but not essential.

I do not want to be in the position of saying that you have to have a 
given package installed to run the database. For example, I could easily 
produce what I want in LibreOffice Base but would then have to assume 
that recipients run LibreOffice.

I have googled and the only programs that appear to come close are Kexi 
and Firebird. Does anyone have any experiences of either or 
recommendations for other packages.

I have played about with Kexi which runs under KDE desktop but it 
appears to crash with boring regularity. (That could be because I favour 
the Gnome desktop.)

As I said, the proposed database is simple and does not necessarily have 
to be relational although it will contain many records. I want to keep 
records of magazine articles from a variety of publications but can't 
find a bespoke package that fits what I want to do.

Any suggestions would be gratefully received.


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