For those of you data hounds out there that use open source databases.
May I suggest the excellent Firebird, coupled with IBexpert, as opposed to mySQL.
I have found it a heck of a lot easier to design and implement stored procedures. It is open source and rock solid.
That is J. J. Walter’s opinion about firebird , expressed in his blog.
from this thread on the orafaq forum:
“There is no way we would be able to raise the money required to buy a commercial Oracle license.”
If you know a good big example of Firebird usage, please check this page and send us some information, so we can build a good list of great products/names using our loved database.
Firebird's Oracle-mode will be a keynote speech at the Software Development GigaCon in Warsaw, Poland. It is the largest software conference in that part of the world.
Read more here
“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.
Gianugo kicked off good discussion on a mailing list (message reposted to the
Feather blog). It gets at an idea that has been floating around for a
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 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.