Computer Associates (CA) has asked open-source software developers to help businesses migrate to its Ingres relational database software.
The company announced a $1m (£549,000) challenge to encourage development of an open-source database migration toolkit.
Programmers in the open-source community will be offered the bounty to develop tools to help businesses using other databases switch to Ingres, a company spokesman said.
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This is not the first time CA has turned to the open-source movement to boost Ingres.
In May it announced plans to open up the source code to the database under the CA Trusted Open Source License, allowing independent software supliers to incorporate Ingres into their products as long as they provide their customers with the Ingres source code.
CA is not alone in seeking help from open-source developers to breathe new life into database products.
On Tuesday IBM donated "Derby", a copy of its Java-based Cloudscape relational database, to the Apache Software Foundation, to be managed as an open-source project.
Peter Sayer writes for IDG News Service