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Upside: IBPhoenix (Interbase) president gets past the politics

Nov 22, 2000, 09:13 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"In December 1999, however, talk coming out of the Inprise/Borland headquarters caused Harrison's ears to perk up again. Mounting excitement over Linux prompted Inprise Chief Executive Officer Dale Fuller to propose that InterBase be licensed as an open source software program."

"For Harrison, Fuller's proposal came as welcome news. Although Inprise showed no signs of dropping the InterBase product line, she and other developers saw an opportunity to build a profitable company with or without Inprise's help. They also saw an opportunity to take back technical control of a project that, in the opinion of more than a few InterBase users and developers, had been allowed to languish in recent years."

"There's this very passionate community that uses InterBase," says Jason Wharton, a software developer who incorporates InterBase in a suite of data access components for Delphi and C++ Builder, two popular programming suites also licensed by Borland. "A lot of these people see InterBase as this technically beautiful product that, if Borland knew how to market it properly, should have eaten up everything in the market."

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