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

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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100 Open Source replacements for expensive software

Firebird is listed in the “100 Open Source Replacements for Expensive Applications” article:

31. Firebird

Replaces Microsoft SQL Server Standard ($899 and up)

Under development for more than three decades, Firebird is a relational database that boasts “excellent concurrency, high performance, and powerful language support for stored procedures and triggers.” Paid support is available through third-party providers. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X, Solaris

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German court case confirms validity of the LGPL on Firebird related project FreeadhocUDF

Buhl Data Service GmbH, the developer of the WISO Mein BüroGerman language link2009 software has agreed to pay €15,000 (approximately £13,000) to adhoc dataservice GmbH for using its LGPL-licensed FreeadhocUDF open source library in his business software without observing the LGPL’s licensing terms. The GNU Lesser Public Licence allows software to be used free of charge, but it stipulates that developers must give prominent notice to where the licensed code was used, point out that the code is under the LGPL, include a copy of the LGPL, and make the library’s source code available.

The payment was negotiated as a settlement between the involved parties and concludes a court case. Back in January 2011, the regional court in Bochum, Germany, had ruledGerman language linkthat the use of the FreeadhocUDF library in WISO Mein Büro 2009 was not legitimate because it violated the LGPL’s licensing terms. The court ruled that adhoc dataservice GmbH was, therefore, entitled to know in which products the library was used, what product quantities were released, and how much revenue was generated.


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