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WAS 6.40 testdrive for Linux is here!

Phew. What a day yesterday at the world’s biggest IT fair. I arrived by train and joined the masses along the CeBIT skywalk to enter Aladdin’s cave. I made a beeline for the main SAP area in Hall 4, only to be told by someone on the Web AS stand that they’d not heard anything about 640 being available for Linux. Aaargh!

Not to fear, though – I found out that SAP had a separate stand in the Linux Park over in Hall 6. I legged it over there, to meet Fabrizio from the Linux Lab. And there they were in all their glory: DVDs containing WAS 640, MaxDB 7.5 … and SAP NetWeaver Developer Studio!

Fabrizio and his colleagues had been busy preparing the packages for CeBIT – and he gave me a quick demo on the laptop. Nice work, Linux Lab!! What’s even more special, though, is that this 640 will work on Suse 8.1, Redhat 9.0, and Fedora Core 1. (There may have been another distribution, but I can’t remember). This is great news for those of us who can’t afford to shell out hundreds of euros for some sort of “advanced server” edition of a Linux distribution. And Fabrizio has put together RPMs to make the install a breeze. Fantastic!

It was great to see the Developer Studio running on Linux; and it was just as surprising to see how it had been done … using Wine – the Windows API implementation for *nix. The reason for requiring Wine is that there are a couple of controls in SAP’s Eclipse plugins that invoke an OCX in the background. This means that in certain situations (when developing a Web Dynpro, for example), the plugin on a native Eclipse installation just won’t work. The Linux Lab chaps are planning to make this port; it’s just a matter of tuits.

SOAP sucks!

All in all a very worthwhile visit. I met up with Piers soon after (on the left in this picture) and we tramped round the halls until our feet were sore and our heads were full. During that time, we found Benny (we’d been looking for him). It was great to meet him, we chatted for a while on aspects of J2EE, JNI, Perl integration, and had a great REST vs SOAP ‘debate’ … I’m sure Benny has now seen the light ;-). To the right there’s a slightly blurry picture (click to see the full size version) of me and Benny. The nominal caption is “SOAP sucks!” 🙂

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    • I have heard that the Webdynpro for ABAP will not be released with WAS 6.40 as first promised. It has been postponed until Netweaver 05 as SAP have come across some unspecified technical compatibility issues.



      • Hi Henry,

        Thanks for the info!

        I’ve also read somewhere that ‘WebDynPro for ABAP’ won’t be available in WAS 6.40 as a standard delivery only for special customers.

        I still hope that ‘WebDynPro for ABAP’ will be released soon as a testdrive and not for productive purpose where the incompatibility is not really a problem and least ABAPers can get familiar with the new concepts.


        • Hi all,
          WebDynpro for ABAP exists in the WebAs 6.40 (NetWeaver ’04). It is embedded in the workbench (SE80) and working …

          Because some major things will change in the next release, Webdypro for ABAP is not released for customer development in 6.40. So you can get familiar with the new concepts already in 6.40, but you cannot claim SAP in case of problems and you cannot expect that your webdynpro applications will run in NetWeaver ’05 without any adoptions.


    • The ABAP stack is NOT in the linux version, it’s WebAS Java only. And Web Dynpro for ABAP will not be in 6.40 for production purpose but may be avaiable as non productive part that foresees sigificant changes in it’s next release.


        • Hi!

          benny are wrong.

          The SAP Netweaver Testdrive WAS 6.4 for Linux is a complete WAS 6.4. It also possible to write ABAP/ABAP Object code with all the new features of 6.4.

          The Was 6.4 for Windows you can download ony has the Java stack.

          I have installed it on weekend and I worte some ABAP and Java programs on it.

          Bernd Anton

          • Hi
            Is there a place in the net where i can download the rpms and other stuff from this famouse WAS 6.40 LINUX Version. (ftp, ssh, ordering online)

            thank’s Adrian

          • Yes it’s true. I didn’t expect the linux guys would make *this* effort, but anyway they did. However, this gives us another problem for the SDN download as this thing is a full blown Web AS with everything in it. I have no clue how we’re going to make it available for download…

            Regards and sorry,

  • Does anybody know when will the DVD be available to order from SAP Shop?

    I am assuming it will be logistically difficult to download it, considering that it is more than a CD’s worth of megabytes.

  • Hi,

    Wasn’t sure where else to ask this question – so decided to extend this blog.

    I’m just downloading the final Fedora Core 2. I’m planning on reinstalling my WAS6.40 on here, and wondered if it will work as well on this OS.



  • Hi all,  i’ve downloaded the iso’s. md5sum’s are right. After cat of iso’s the md5sum is yet right.  But rpm shows an error (after sh sabdp-db-files-7.5.1.i386.rpm.bin to real rpm): “error: sapdb-db-files-7.5-1.i386.rpm: MD5 digest: BAD Expected(c5804b283ea63c9e5d7b852138891f39) != (1e106a6235b5f2e21334a499d118c1d5) error: sapdb-db-files-7.5-1.i386.rpm cannot be installed” Anybody out there can help? Thanks!  Regards Sven.
  • Hi,

    How is the best way to work with SAP NetWeaver Developer Studio on linux using Wine.

    Installing the SAP NetWeaver Developer Studio on a windows and use this directory from linux?

    I try to install the SAP NetWeaver Developer Studio using the CD install and Wine, but it doesn’t work.

    thanks in advance,


  • Hi, I tried to run the Dev Studio Setup with Wine, but it immediately stops with an error.
    You wrote in your blog you saw it running. Can you please tell me how this can be st up?