The changes in this release are as follows:
The LCL now uses Unicode strings encoded as UTF-8 on all platforms.
Lazarus now runs natively under Mac OS X using the “Carbon” widget
set. The LCL internal graphic system was rewritten for more
consistency, more flexibility, better Delphi compatibility, icon
support, and native image lists. The IDE designer now allows you to
connect form components, like databases on TDataModule.

Lazarus can be used with Firebird and there are many components to choose UIB, Zeos , FbLib , PDO

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