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IBPhoenix.com: What's Happening to InterBase?

Nov 15, 2000, 15:06 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Reeves)

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"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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