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    Default Not a hardware question

    ...but a software question; specifically: Assuming the platform is a G3 desktop with max RAM and a 10 GB HD and running OS 9.2, what relational database would you recommend?

    I ask this question out of frustration / disappointment with FileMaker Pro (v.2, v.3, v.5) which I consider to be lightweight and clumsy compared to the ANSI SQL client / server DBs I have used in the past, mostly in the Linux and WinX world. Maybe it's just my lack of familiarity but I think even Borland Paradox or MS Access were better than this.

    Is there a version of Firebird or MySQL that runs under OS 9? I couldn't find one.

    -CH-

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    No. I'm sure there are smaller databases around, but when you think of classic Mac databases, pretty much people reach for FileMaker Pro.
    I use my C128 because I am an ornery, stubborn, retro grouch. -- Bob Masse
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    I recall Double Helix being used on 68k Macs back in the 1990s.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helix_(database)

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    There is a comment related to OS9 that referenced a relational DB "C.A.T".
    https://www.cultofmac.com/5574/os9-s.../#comment-9048
    I have no idea what the software is, but I thought I would mention it.

    Personal Oracle 7 used to work with OS7.x and I imagine that it worked with higher OS's as well. I got my copy of PO7 in an Oracle7 for Dummies book.

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    Thank you all for your suggestions. I'll see if I can find a copy of any of these databases. I also ordered a book explaining the finer points of FileMaker Pro and the scripting language.

    -CH-

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    P.S. : Also found this link: https://alternativeto.net/software/o.../?platform=mac

    -CH-

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    I also remember Fourth Dimension (4D). I believe that was relational.

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