Heisse Online reports that IBM will release a free (gratis) version of DB2 Express this month. The authors says that it is from a reliable, verified source in IBM. It worked like this: Firebird forced MS to release a free SQLServer (MSDE, later renamed Express) to compete in VB/Delphi space, Oracle had to match with the release of SQLServer2005 and now DB2 has to match Oracle. Isn't it amazing how a determined community can make giants jump?
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There’s a new version of the SR UDF Library available. This external functions library includes 160 new functions to be used in your InterBase or Firebird databases.
For more information, see the SRMaster website.
An article posted on SearchOpenSource.com discusses the result of a survey where users had to compare Windows x Linux regarding many aspects, including their differences, strengths and weaknesses.
Firebird is mentioned in the article:
“On the flip side, Windows security IT professional Andy Canfield wrote about two security weaknesses in Linux that he thinks should be addressed.
Canfield is a member of Firebird Foundation Inc., which is a group that supports and advances the development of the open source Firebird relational database engine. He works on the Firebird Relational Database Project and is a long-time SuSE Linux user.”
IBPhoenix inform that IBReplicator V2.1.6 is released. The Release Notes can be downloaded here.
The new version has some minor enhancements and a lot of bugfixes, some of them backported from the FB 2.0 branch. Linux and Windows versions are now available here.
The release notes of this version can be downloaded here.
Article shows how Coverity worked with linux kernel developers in the past sending them patches
“For now, Coverity plans to publish the defect reports on a semi-private Web site so that any developer associated with a particular open source project can examine the list, determine if something actually needs to be fixed, and then create a fix and submit it to the project lead. This is currently the model used by Coverity for the defects they published for the Linux kernel.”
Jason Wharton informed about a new release of the InterBase Objects component suite. This release contains many bug fixes and registered users can download it from the IBO community site. The list with all the changes can be read here. An updated evaluation kit will be available soon.
DB Copy Plugin is a database copying plugin for the SQuirreL SQL Client. It makes it possible to copy and paste tables from one session to another and between different databases and includes primary key and foreign key constraints for copied tables, and uses Hibernate 3.0 internally to perform database object type mappings. It supports Firebird, Oracle, Sybase, MS SQL Server, MySQL, HyperSonic, Pointbase, and PostgreSQL, and allows the user to select a Hibernate dialect for the destination database if one couldn’t be determined automatically.
Release focus: Minor feature enhancements
Source for news fyracle.org (Contributed by Fikret Hasovic )
Devrace have published an article entitled “How to work with Blobs using FIBPlus” written by Sergey Vostrikov, translated by Marina Novikova.
Specially in Brazil, it is known that Firebird is very strong inside the Delphi community. But a survey from Portal Java, a Java devoted Brazilian portal, shows that FB is very well positioned among the +2,380 Java users who had voted. Check the full ranking here.
PS: Unfortunatelly the survey option shows “InterBase/Firebird”. I hope survey/poll publishers start to understand that they are diferent products, and separate them in the next surveys.