Originally Posted by unboggling
That approach looks promising. I wonder if ms query and/or excel could deal with that SQL export directly without and odbc driver and expensive database? I'll look into it.
Use MySQL or PostgreSQL. Both are well supported and very high quality DBMS. And both are open source/free. I would pick MySQL, as I find it a bit easier to manage, but I know others who very much disagree with me.
I would be astounded if MS query could use the SQL directly. However, you might be able to import it into MS access if that is on the mac.