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Fabio reports an article from John Cardinal, where he describes why they choosed Firebird over MS SQL Server:
“Hunting around, we discovered Firebird which I wish we had found in the first place.”
In the AyaNova site you can find a page named “Which Database should I use?“, that lists some Pros and Cons of FB x SQLServer.
Upscene Productions releases a new version of their Advanced Data Generator tool, a complete and versatile test data generator that includes libraries of real like-like data.
This new version includes MySQL 5 Stored Procedure and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 support, as well as bugfixes.
A few words to those interested in the v2.0 progress.
Currently we’re in the process of preparing the Beta 2 release. The CVS tree has been tagged a week ago, now the Release Notes are being updated. The binaries should be packaged soon. We did intend to release it earlier, but there were a few hard-to-track issues found in the codebase, so we had to solve them first. Also the final v1.5.3 release has been done at the same time. These are the reasons of the delay.
If nothing critical is reported in the near future, I expect that the next official build will be Release Candidate 1. We still have bugs reported quite regularly, but neither of recent bugreports mention database corruptions or server crashes, so it appears we can consider the codebase stable enough.
Please note that Release Candidate builds are intended to fix regressions only, there will be almost no old bugs fixed during this stage. Starting with RC1, our developers will switch their attention to the Vulcan merge and new features/improvements.
— Dmitry Yemanov
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.”