In a chat with Dmitry Yemanov, I was told that Firebird 2.0 RC5 should be out until the end of this week, and it has great chances to become FB 2.0 final release.
After much delay, I’ve finally prepared debian packages of 2.0 branch of firebird. They can be reached at . This is the RC4 release from 13th of August.
These packages conflict with 1.5.3 series, so if you want to give your databases a try (strongly encouraged), backup them with 1.5.3 *before* installing 2.0 packages.
Please give these a hard time testing and don’t forget to send feedback to email@example.com. Reading Release Notes would help avoiding common problems.
The future: After your comments, 2.0 will need a sponsor to get in the archive. Finding a sponsor for such a complex package would not be easy and will take time so we may have to wait a couple of months before 2.0 gets into the official debian archive.
My plan is to make an attempt to push FB2.0 in Etch (due in December’06), but that push will not be too hard. I am not sure whether 2.0 is well-enough tested to enter a stable release (this is why I need your feedback). We’ll see, but there will be no rush to get it in Etch on any cost.
So the most probable plan is to ship Etch with 1.5 only. 2.0 lives in unstable and eventually backports.org. After Etch release, I intent to remove 1.5 from unstable (if 2.0 behaves good enough. no rush at all) and go for 2.0-only in Etch+1.
This plan is just a plan, so if you have concerns, please, speak up.
Thanks for your help,
Damyan Ivanov Modular Software Systems
Users of “Intel” version of Apple Macintosh can now download a Firebird 1.5.3 SuperServer version for that platform. Thanks to Gili Buzaglo.
The releases notes for FB 2.0 RC4 is already available here. Installers and binaries are currently being built.
Anyone wants to bet which project: Firefox or Firebird will be first for release version 2.0?
Time to digg an Firebird vs Firefox story
Builds for Windows and Linux of the new Firebird 2.0 RC3 (probably the last RC) are out. Get yours now here.
Miroslav Penchev wrote on firebird-general list :
There is a conference about Open Source, Web development and Databases at
the end of June in Sofia, Bulgaria. You can see
http://wtconferences.com/2006/index.php for more info.
I will make a lecture about Firebird and now I make my presentation and
develop the information to present. Almost all of lecture I will present
Firebird current version, to make it more popular here in Bulgaria. I also
plan to include information about FB 2 at the end of lecture – new things,
performance optimization, etc.
My question now is about Firebird 2 release. Is there any clarify about
release date? There was about a month from RC2 release and I remember for
statement that if there is not big problems – that version will become
final. Any information about FB2 release will be helpful.
[ED: Dmitry Yemanov responded:
RC3 will be released very soon. I cannot say for sure whether we’ll need RC4
or not, but I think the final release will appear by the end of summer.
This was tested on the Ubuntu Dapper Drake (that will be released this summer)
I assume you have installed the g++ compiler (with apt-get or synaptic)
download the Firebird 2.0 RC 2 kit from the nearest mirror
tar -jxvf Firebird-220.127.116.1154-ReleaseCandidate2.tar.bz2
sudo apt-get install libreadline5-dev bison
sh autogen.sh –prefix=/opt/firebird2 –enable-superserver
sudo make install
ps -awwwx | grep firebird (see if is working)
/opt/firebird2/bin/isql -u SYSDBA -p masterkey /opt/firebird2/examples/empbuild/employee.fdb
Database: /opt/firebird2/examples/empbuild/employee.fdb, User: SYSDBA
SQL> show tables ;
SQL>select * from sales;
Here is one screenshot
Firebird V2.0 Release Candidate 2 Windows builds are now available for download.