"InterBase became an open source product on 25th July 2000.
There should have been dancing in the streets and unbounded joy
throughout heaven and earth. The release should have brought praise
for enlightened and forward thinking management. Instead there was
anger and recrimination towards Inprise. What went wrong?"
"Within days of InterBase going open source, the InterBase
development community had created the Firebird project on
sourceforge (http ://www.sourceforge.net/projects/firebird).
Developers quickly got to grips with the task of fixing all the
broken bits in the install routines. Since then, work has started
on understanding how InterBase works internally. This will take a
while but is a necessary pre-requisite to actually making
enhancements or adding new features to the product. Work has also
started on creating new ports of InterBase 6.0. Meanwhile,
successful builds have been done for FreeBSD and Mac OS X, for
instance. Inprise have finally released the core of the InterBase
test suite, so it is now possible to certify new builds."
"The community around InterBase continues to grow. At the last
count there were some fourteen sites in the web-ring, covering
three languages. Perhaps the best starting point is the InterBase
developer initiative at http:// www.interbase2000.org. It has many
additional resources provided by developers.'
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