November 2010

Hello All Firebirders!

Today we start very important activity  – building Firebird Case Studies catalog.


Case study is an example of real-world implementation of certain product.
Case study should be very specific and describe:

  1. Technical details (database size, # of users, transactions load),
  2. Type of business (ERP, hospital automations, CD catalogs, web-sites examples, etc) and
  3. Business value – license costs economy, performance increasing, etc.


There is a new version of phpbb3 (3.0.8) so I have updated the guide for Ubuntu (Maverick or Lucid) and it will work without issues in Debian too.


dbExpress Driver for Firebird version 27 has released.  Here are the

4.1.2007.27 / 4.1.2009.27 / 4.1.2010.27 / 4.1.2011.27 Release on 27

1. Add support to return Views name
2. Support Delphi XE and Firebird 2.5

Best Regards,
Chau, Chee-Yang

The Open Source Firebird (IBPhoenix) ODBC driver has been updated to Version 2.0 Release Candidate 2.

Alexander Potapchenko wrote on firebird-odbc list:

I resume development of the ODBC driver. The primary goal to finish ODBC
driver 2.0 (with full x64 support and fixed “blocker” level problems) now.
If you are having any problems with the current driver but have not
reported them because the sub-project wasn’t active, then to add them to
the Bag tracker now.

ps: if you don’t know what is the bag tracker 🙂 it’s Firebird Project’s bug tracker.

If there are any takers for building and maintaining the suse packages please do so , until then Firebird package is orphane

Philippe Makowski wrote:

As you may know, I’m the maintainer of Firebird packages in OpenSuse.
but I’m also doing the same for Fedora (including EPEL), Mandriva and
the future Mageia.

OpenSuse is not my preferred distro, for far, and even if they are all
rpm distro, following seriously a distro need some time, and when new
Firebird version is there you need some time to do the job the right
way. And I don’t have enough time for this.
So I will still maintain Mandriva, Mageia, Fedora but no longer OpenSuse
(will it be “open” for a long time I don’t know, and that’s another story)

So please OpenSuse and Firebird users, step in, I will help you if need.

Here are some patches and the discussion on firebird-devel list , if you spot any issues/bugs please ask on the list

In this post I explained how to set up an embedded Firebird version for Linux.A few weeks ago I read a post from Olivier Mascia that explained a simpler way: instead of starting the program using a script that sets up a couple of environment variables, just callsetenv() to set those variables in the program.

There are many good articles in the archives about firebird and creating an accounting program with open source tools.

Posted by: hangover
Created PR with ports for server and client.
server (
client (
Successfully compiles on 7.1, 7.3, 8.0, 8.1 – i386 and amd64.
Hope, it will be added to ports tree..

Firebird 2.5 for Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid is now added in ppa and can be installed using this guide

Sean Leyne announced in the Firebird-General discussion list, that the Firebird official web site, the tracker and wiki will be offline on next sunday, November 28th, between 14:00 and 17:00 GMT, due to network maintenance.

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