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Open Systems Through Java

Esri GIS Solutions for Linux Users

In its continuing commitment to open systems, Esri offers a wide selection of GIS software that is compatible with Linux. ArcIMS, ArcSDE, MapObjects--Java Standard Edition, and ArcExplorer--Java Edition software are all supported on Linux.

ArcIMS 4.x

ArcIMS 4.x 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. For more information on ArcIMS, visit

ArcSDE 8.x

ArcSDE 8.x is a geographic application server that uses the leading commercial database management systems (DBMSs) to store feature-rich vector, raster, and survey data. GIS users benefit from ArcSDE software's capability to manage large spatial data sets with common content standards and data models. ArcSDE 8.2 for Oracle was the first ArcSDE release that supported Linux servers. For more information on ArcSDE, visit

MapObjects--Java Standard Edition

MapObjects--Java Standard Edition is a suite of more than 900 Java-based GIS and embeddable mapping components that developers can use to build custom, cross-platform GIS desktop applications or browser-based applets. Because it is pure Java, MapObjects--Java Standard Edition can be used with Linux, Windows, and a variety of UNIX operating systems. MapObjects--Java Standard Edition--built entirely on the Java 2 platform--allows developers to build cross-platform custom clients or easily integrate mapping and GIS into existing Java applications, including, but not limited to, the Internet. These capabilities include a wide range of map display, geographic query, and data retrieval activities. For more information on MapObjects--Java Standard Edition, visit

ArcExplorer--Java Edition

ArcExplorer-Java Edition is the Java version of Esri's free GIS data viewer. Because it is built with Java, ArcExplorer--Java Edition allows users to enjoy cross-platform support including compatibility with Linux, Windows, and a number of UNIX operating systems. ArcExplorer--Java Edition offers an easy way to perform basic GIS functions including display, query, and data retrieval. It can be used on its own with local data sets or as a client to Internet data and map servers. Between 4,000 and 8,000 downloads of this software are executed each month from Esri's Web site. ArcExplorer can be downloaded free of charge from

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