About 70 UDFs of the main library of “SR UDF Library” become FREE in the Lite version. You can download it here.
“Semanário Económico” – the best Economic Newsweek in Portugal – gives a special mention to Akropole, a software dedicated to Schools. Akropole runs on Firebird, and it’s clearly mentioned. A full copy of the article (portuguese only) is available here.
PS: On the same article (if you know portuguese and dig it a little), you will notice that the Most Productive ( profits / number of employees) company in Portugal in 2004 works with an ERP system… powered by Firebird! 🙂
Evans Data is selling a study based on +400 software developers about the power and efficiency of databases and their tools. The databases ranked on this study are:
- IBM DB2
- Oracle 10g
- Oracle 9i
- Microsoft SQL Server
- Borland Interbase
- Postgres SQL
Check more info here.
I’m curious to see how Firebird was ranked. If anyone has this study, please drop me a note.
This ZDNet article comments about the new rules in the Database game, where Open Source databases are forcing the comercial ones to review and change the way they do business.
Altought the article gives main focus to MySQL and PostgreSQL in the Open Source area, Firebird also got a mention:
“Other open-source databases available include Sleepycat, Firebird and Derby.”
Paulo Henrique Albanez informs that a non-oficial version of Firebird 1.5.3 for Windows, with supports to collate PT_BR (case insensitive) is available for download here. A Linux version will be available shortly.
This version is mainly for brazilians and other portuguese speakers people who wants to get the benefits of case/accent insensitive collation for ISO8859_1/WIN1252 charsets, while FB 2.0 is not released.
Fabio reports an article from John Cardinal, where he describes why they choosed Firebird over MS SQL Server:
“Hunting around, we discovered Firebird which I wish we had found in the first place.”
An article posted on SearchOpenSource.com discusses the result of a survey where users had to compare Windows x Linux regarding many aspects, including their differences, strengths and weaknesses.
Firebird is mentioned in the article:
“On the flip side, Windows security IT professional Andy Canfield wrote about two security weaknesses in Linux that he thinks should be addressed.
Canfield is a member of Firebird Foundation Inc., which is a group that supports and advances the development of the open source Firebird relational database engine. He works on the Firebird Relational Database Project and is a long-time SuSE Linux user.”