IBM releases Viper release candidate of DB2 Express-C
IBM DB2 Viper website: Download Viper release of DB2 Express-C
If you've been interested in Viper, but wanted to stay within the feature set of DB2 Express-C, you are in luck. By playing with the Express-C version of Viper Release Candidate 1, you'll be able to see exactly which Viper features will soon be available for free.
There are also some VMware images of DB2 Express-C on Linux available for quick and easy testing with the free VMware Player. Now that VMware takes the risk and disruption out of testing Viper, there's practically no excuse for not checking it out.