This was done on one xen virtual machine hosted at amazon (called EC2) but this guide can be used for any fedora core 6 machine

Extra Large Instance 15 GB memory, 64-bit platform 8 EC2 Compute Units (4 virtual cores with 2 EC2 Compute Units each)

Download firebird source code from this page http://www.firebirdsql.org/index.php?op=files&id=fb210_beta02 

wget http://garr.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/firebird/Firebird-2.1.0.16780-Beta2.tar.bz2

yum install automake libtool readline-devel libtermcap-devel make btyacc bison gawk gcc-c++ xinetd ncurses-devel

tar -jxf Firebird-2.1.0.16780-Beta2.tar.bz2

cd Firebird-2.1.0.16780-Beta2

./autogen.sh –prefix=/mnt/firebird2.1.x

make

make install

cd /mnt/firebird2.1.x/bin

./isql -u sysdba -p **********

connect “/mnt/firebird2.1.x/examples/empbuild/employee.fdb”

SQL> SHOW version;
ISQL Version: LI-T2.1.0.16780 Firebird 2.1 Beta 2

Server version:
Firebird/linux AMD64 (access method), version “LI-T2.1.0.16780 Firebird 2.1 Beta 2″
on disk structure version 11.1

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