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I am a new user of Ubuntu and have been seeing VAD files in Ubuntu. What are they and what are they used for?

Thanks, Alex

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From what I can tell, it means "Virtuoso Application Distribution", and from the Ubuntu package page project page, this is what I found:

Virtuoso is a high-performance object-relational SQL database. As a database, it provides transactions, a smart SQL compiler, powerful stored-procedure language with optional Java and .Net server-side hosting, hot backup, SQL-99 support and more. It has all major data-access interfaces, such as ODBC, JDBC, ADO .Net and OLE/DB.

I think the VAD files you are talking about are just SQL databases, but I'm not sure. Could you provide an example?

EDIT: They could also be ATI driver files.

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Good point. It might not be an inherently Ubuntu thing like I thought it was. Thanks! – Genadinik Mar 31 '11 at 19:10

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