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.
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“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.
Hi I’m Pieter Valentijn the Dutch programmer for Turbocash.
I have completed most of the port for Turbocash on Firebird today and would like to tell firebird users about this.
The full source and install can be found here.
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 .NET Provider for .NET 2.0 comes with ability to be used in Visual Studio in Database Explorer, etc. It’s very usefull, but you have to do some steps to add provider into it. Here you can find how to do this. If you’ll have some questions after, use the Firebird-net-provider list.
We have a mention is OSNews site! Read it here.
The document is now available in English, Portuguese and Czech. Keep sending your translations!
Darren wrote an tutorial about installing php5 and firebird 1.5.x on debian/ubuntu
Here is the full text on firebird-php mailing list
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)
Dave Dargo, CTO of Ingres, has its own opinion on what it all means. In his view, Oracle is scaring customers away from open source systems that can be acquired, towards systems that cannot be acquired. Firebird is a prime example of the latter. Curiously, Ingres is an example of the former.
Read more here