Not sure where to place a feature request, so doing it here.
Sorry in advance if its the wrong place.
Having CONNECT engine support JDBC would open up a world of drivers for CONNECT, especially for Linux servers where ODBC drivers are not as plentiful as JDBC drivers.
Implementation: adding support for JDBC seems like it would be pretty easy using the Java Native Interface (JNI) and the similarity between ODBC and JDBC core functionality.
NOTE: This seems like it would also solve the problem (indirectly) of not being able to use the ODBC MySQL driver with CONNECT on Linux... the JDBC MySQL driver might serve the purpose.