Jim Starkey joined MySQL AB

Jim Starkey, the original creator of InterBase which became Firebird, just made it publicly known that he now works for MySQL AB.

My company, Netfrastructure, Inc., has been acquired by MySQL, AB. As
part of the agreement, I will be working full time for MySQL. I expect
to lurk on the architecture list from time to time and may contribute
the occasional wolf-o-gram, but I will not be taking an active part in
Firebird development. Although Ann will work for MySQL, part time,
translating from wolf to English, she will continue to be active in the
Firebird project.

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What's behind Oracle's open source buys?

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.

Read more here

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Backup your del.icio.us bookmarks in Firebird

“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

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IB LogManager 2.6 released

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
  • Bugfixes

More information: http://www.upscene.com/news/20060216.htm

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Why Pay for a Database? – Firebird related

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.

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