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.
Firebird is listed in the “100 Open Source Replacements for Expensive Applications” article:
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
The official site for the FireServer Project is now on-line! You can find basic information about the project. There are no ISO downloads available yet. We expect to have the first ISO until the end of August.
Fireserver is a project of a custom linux server distro that includes Firebird as default database server, and can be used freely by any company who want to simplify their customer’s servers administration and support.
Buhl Data Service GmbH, the developer of the WISO Mein Büro2009 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 ruledthat 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.
The guys from HardSoft TV Show covered the last edition of the Firebird Developers Day. The matter went on air at 29/December, and can be viewed online in YouTube. Audio is in Portuguese, but you can check nice images from the place, public, etc 😉