“World Community Grid’s mission is to create the largest public computing grid benefiting humanity. Our work is built on the belief that technological innovation combined with visionary scientific research and large-scale volunteerism can change our world for the better. Our success depends on individuals – like you – collectively contributing their unused computer time to this not-for-profit endeavor.” I just found a Firebird team on it.
A recent press release from Ratmir Labs, mentions Firebird as one of their key technologies.
while, that Open Source does not equate to Open Development, and
while the difference is glaring obvious to folks who have been
around open source for a while, it is not so to many others.
I’m publishing the results of the coverity tests ran against Firebird 2.0 at 6/March/2006. For those who doesn’t know what is this: some months ago, USA government sponsored some companies to find bugs in popular Open Source projects, in a way to make them more secure. Firebird was in the software list. Now the first results are being published.
The source code is analyzed by the automated Coverity Tool, which process the source code and build automated reports with possible problems found.
The results I’m publishing doesn’t have the internal hyperlinks that allows to jump directly to the “faulting line” in the source code, as well the detailed information about each problem, since this would require access to the authenticated coverity servers and most of you don’t have the necessary login info.
Click here to see the resullts. More detailed comments about this to come in the next days. Also, keep in mind that automated tools can be fooled by the code, what means that some code can be reported as problematic while it isn’t.
Note: The tests are being run against Firebird 2.0 source code. As you know, FB 2.0 is still in BETA, and that’s why we have betas… to detect and correct bugs.
“The most popular open-source software is also the most free of bugs, according to the first results of a U.S. government-sponsored effort to help make such software as secure as possible.” – Read more here.
Firebird is in the list of the Open Source tested software. I plan to put some more information about this here in FirebirdNews as soons as I put my hands on it.
It seems that there will be no BETA3 for Firebird 2.0. In a recent chat with Dmitry Yemanov, he told me that he is working in the RC1 release. Very good news, it iseems that FB 2.0 is getting stable enough and we will have a final version in a short time 😉
Now there seems to be a clear response. MySQL has hired former Firebird developer Jim Starkey and MySQL has a new CTO: Taneli Otala – read Kaj Arnö’s interview with Taneli.
The final statement on this interview declares a clear goal: “Definitely. I want to be part of the team building the world’s best database!”. The times when MySQL targeted itself mainly to drive small and medium web based applications are definitely over!
Read more on db4free blog
The latest LinuxQuestions.org Podcast. Topics include LQ conference updates, 2005 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Awards, your feedback on LQ, the LQ Articles and Editorials section, the MySQL acquisition of Netfrastructure, more on the MySQL, Oracle, SAP rumors and the TCO study sponsored by OSDL and Levanta.
ED:Members Choice Awards For Databases (will be published in 6March)
A new paper directed to all users who are meeting Firebird for the first time is now available online. Check it out and you may see that 2 minutes can change your whole vision about database servers!
Developers from turboCASH are asking for Lazarus programers (people that program using Lazarus IDE) to set up a small test application to prove that Lazarus can be IDE of choice to port turboCASH to Linux.
there is information on how to adapt existing turboCASH code to run on Lazarus here:
Also read the original mail from turboCASH developer Philip Coperman:
Can anyone help with the following on Linux:
1) Setup a simple “proof of concept” in Lazarus
1) Lazarus and Linux
There are some useful contributions on Getting Lazarus and TurboCASH for Linux going here:
We have decided to use Firebird (80%) and possibly support MySQL (20%). In the Windows Project we are converting the current Delphi Code to work with Firebird and will add MySQL support if required afterwards. (In my project experience, that becomes unlikely)
I am now more concerned about:
1) How we are going to connect to the Firebird Database (and/or MySQL) – In Delphi we are using ZEOS Lib
2) What are we going to use for a Grid. In Delphi/Windows we use a quality commercial package – Infopower. I have struggled to find and Open Source alternative. Project Jedi seems to offer the best. The Grid is what gives TurboCASH batches and invoices that really friendly Spreadsheet look. How will we do this in Lazarus/Linux?
3) How are we going to write reports – In Delphi Linux we use Free Reports and Reportman. We have a legacy history with Quick Reports.
If you Linux guys (Even the Lazarus on Windows guys) – Could do the following :
i) Download the TurboCASH/Delphi project. Steal whatever you need
ii) “Open ” a set of books simply by connecting to the TurboCASH Firebird Database
iii) Set up any grid you like to edit any record you like in TurboCASH
iv) Write a simple report (take any one of ch windows one)
If we can do the above we can consider Lazarus as a serious proposition.