Real revolutions, the ones that last, are often quiet ones.
They aren’t shocking. They don’t rock the world. They just change the world so slowly that it’s only when you wake up one day and think about it, you realize the world isn’t the same anymore.
SearchOpenSource has an interview with Douglas Levin, CEO of Waltham. Levin has been working behind the scenes with prospective open source vendor buyers and sellers. “I think that Oracle will make other acquisitions through the year, to get into new markets, acquire new customers and acquire technologies that enable them to leverage new technologies in their installed customer base.“
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“I’m a fan of del.icio.us because it allows me to seamlessly access my bookmars from whichever computer I am currently logged in to. A comment in a posting on this blog some time ago, brought my attention to Scuttle, an Open Source version of del.icio.us written in PHP. Scuttle is currently available in version 0.6.0. The underlying database into which scuttle stores users and bookmarks, can be any of MySQL, Oracle, Postgres, SqLite, DB2, Firebird, and a couple others”
Read more on Jan-Piet’s blog
Upscene Productions is proud to announce the next version of the popular logging/auditing suite for InterBase and Firebird:
IB LogManager supports Borland InterBase ( 5.x – 7.x ) and Firebird ( 1.x, 2.0 )
Main changes in this release:
- Firebird 2.0 support
- Totally revamped GUI
- Improved Prepare-Wizard
- Minor enhancements
- Proper support for newly introduced keywords as object names
More information: http://www.upscene.com/news/20060216.htm
The February edition of the brazilian magazine “Pequenas Empresas/Grandes Negócios” (Small companies/Great business) brings an article in the technology section that gives some tips about choosing a database. Firebird is among the listed options.
As open-source databases have grown in popularity among large enterprises and small and midsize businesses alike, many CIOs have taken a closer look at the savings associated with switching to these noncommercial alternatives.
Despite the attractive prices that are drawing more CIOs to open-source applications such as MySQL and PostgreSQL, traditional software Relevant Products/Services from Insight vendors have not exactly thrown in the towel. Some — including Oracle, Microsoft, and IBM — are fighting back by releasing free, scaled-down versions of their fully featured database products in the hopes that customers might one day upgrade.
But the question remains: Does it make good business sense to pay for a commercial database product when well-established, open-source versions pose enticing alternatives? A growing migration away from commercial software suggests that, for many customers, it does not.
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First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.
by Mahatma Gandhi.
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Although not FB related, an interesting perspective about funding/managing an OSS project.
“Oracle said on Tuesday that it acquired open-source database company Sleepycat Software for an undisclosed sum. The database giant said Sleepycat’s Berkeley DB database will complement Oracle’s existing line of embedded databases.“
Read more here.