How TDF uses its tendering process to improve LibreOffice

In 2017, The Document Foundation (TDF) launched four tenders aimed at improving LibreOffice in several strategic areas, where the tasks are beyond the capabilities of independent volunteer developers.

No 4  is interesting for Firebird community 
 

(4) Tender to implement HSQLDB binary format import in LibreOffice
(https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2017/05/04/tender-implement-hsqldb-binary-format-import-libreoffice-201705-03/)

Collabora will develop a mechanism to import database files with high fidelity from the HSQLDB binary file format, which has been used inside many existing ODB files, by reading the Java serialization code, and writing a filter to import all data into LibreOffice Base. The objective is to remove the legacy Java/HSQLDB database and move to Firebird.

TDF will invest € 29,750.00

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Firebird Roadmap updated for January

Roadmap Document has been updated with info for all supported releases : 2.5.x , 3.0.x , 4.x

Version series 2.5.x has a maintenance cycle of two point releases per year.

The latest release currently available in this series is v2.5.8. Explore its download locationor documentation.

v2.5.9 is the next point release to come, it’s scheduled for Q4 2018. Follow the “Track Details” icon for a list of bugfixes scheduled for this version.

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Series 3.0.x

Version series 3.0.x is the latest one released by the project and thus it has the highest priority in terms of the bug fixing, with updates scheduled quarterly. All kinds of bugfixes and performance improvements are possible inside its codebase, including ports to new platforms.

Key points:

  • Revised architecture, including new authentication and configuration subsystems;
  • Scalable (SMP/multi-core friendly) multi-threaded engine with the shared page cache;
  • New ODS (version 12) with new system and monitoring tables;
  • External (Java, C++, etc) stored procedures/triggers/functions;
  • Security enhancements;
  • Various SQL extensions.

The latest release currently available in this series is v3.0.2. Explore its download location or documentation.

v3.0.3 is the next point release to come, it’s scheduled for Q1 2018. Follow the “Track Details” icon for a list of bugfixes scheduled for this version.

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New Development: version 4.0

Firebird 4.0 represents the project’s next milestone release after v3.0, its development has been started in March 2016.

You may check what features to expect at the v4.0 planning board. Use the “Track Details” icon to discover the list of tasks currently scheduled for v4.0 Beta Release.

Alpha 1 preview release is available for testing. Daily v4.0 builds can be downloaded from the snapshot area.

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