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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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      Author's profile photo Benny Schaich-Lebek
      Benny Schaich-Lebek
      I forgot it's possible to put up pictures on weblogs...
      Anyway, the discussion on SOAP is not closed!

      Regards,
      Benny

      Author's profile photo DJ Adams
      DJ Adams
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      🙂
      Author's profile photo Peter Inotai
      Peter Inotai
      Does this WAS 6.40 testdrive include ABAP stack? If so, is 'WebDynpro for ABAP' included?

      Thanks,
      Incho

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      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.

      rdgs,

      Henry

      Author's profile photo Peter Inotai
      Peter Inotai
      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.

      Incho

      Author's profile photo Martin Hartig
      Martin Hartig
      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.

      Martin    

      Author's profile photo Benny Schaich-Lebek
      Benny Schaich-Lebek
      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.

      Regards,
      Benny

      Author's profile photo Peter Inotai
      Peter Inotai
      Hi Benny,

      Thanks for this info!

      Incho

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      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

      Author's profile photo Adrian Fischer
      Adrian Fischer
      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

      Author's profile photo Peter Inotai
      Peter Inotai
      It's a good news!
      I hope it will be available in the SAP Shop soon.

      Incho

      Author's profile photo Benny Schaich-Lebek
      Benny Schaich-Lebek
      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,
      Benny

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Are we going to be able to download a WAS 6.40 testdrive for Linux?
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      as I make to possession a web as 6.40 and netweaver platform?I must make demanded from some part?
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      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.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Although it is now available for download has anyone any idea whether it will be available at the SAPShop ?
      Author's profile photo Robert Shiels
      Robert Shiels
      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.

      Regards

      Robert

      Author's profile photo DJ Adams
      DJ Adams
      Blog Post Author
      Hi Robert

      I think FC2 ships with kernel 2.6. And according to this timely email from Fabrizio

      http://listserv.sap.com/pipermail/linux.general/2004-May/004152.html

      2.6 is no go for the 6.40 NW4 stuff.

      cheers
      dj

      Author's profile photo Robert Shiels
      Robert Shiels
      Hi DJ,

      Thanks a lot, that's saved me some effort, I'll stick FC2 on a different partition for now. And thanks for pointing me at the mailing list, I guess it'd be a good idea to subscribe there too.

      Robert

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Hi all,

      THE LINK 🙂

      ftp://ftp.sap.com/pub/linuxlab/test_drive/

      BR, Ivan

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      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.
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      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,

      David

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      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?

      Jan