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It would be hypocrite that MySQL as a flat-text dbms will remain as it is just win in the speed arena. Surely, they're heading to where other RDBMS (FB, PostGre, Oracle, etc.) now. But the time span to reach this level will still be a big factor while the others keep on moving...
Originally posted by Tinkster How did firebird get that many votes?
I've never even heard of it before
Well, questions like that tend to say something about those who ask them rather than about Firebird
Interbase (i.e. the beginnings of Firebird) is pretty ancient when compared to Postgres. When Postgres project was started in 1986, Interbase had already been in use in large enterprises for at about 5 years.
Originally posted by Tinkster
I thought interbase is a reasonably new
borland product :} ... mea culpa.
It's a long story.
Ashton Tate ( remember them - dBase ) bought Interbase as a client/server replacement for dBase, but before anything happened - Borland bought Ashton Tate.
Borland did not seem to know that they had Interbase for some time, and by the time they found out, they had other irons in the fire.
Back in 1999 they decided that there was no future for Interbase, so they announced they were dropping it.
There was such an uprore from a large base of users that they agreed to Open Source it, but before completing that move the accountants decided that closing to was a big mistake and so they announced Interbase7.
BUT by this time there was already a strong base of users working with the Open Source copy - who had fixed a lot of bugs, and so Firebird was established (Since it could not now be called Interbase ) . It rose from the ashes - hence the phoenix site that supported it.
Some of the original Interbase development team are still involved with Firebird today.
Firebird 1.5 is due out any day now and adds even more SQL standard features.
Originally posted by Tinkster I thought interbase is a reasonably new
borland product :} ... mea culpa.
I didn't intend to sound rough. I apologize if I did.
A side note:
I was "brougth up" on Postgres. The University where I studied computer science could no longer afford outrageous license fees for Oracle, so they decided Postgres would be used instead, using internal support and expertise. Later in my work I started using Delphi which bundled Interbase with the package. I found Interbase easier to use and (at the time) a little ahead of Postgress in SQL compliance.
One wretched thing with Firebird is that if you try it once or twice it's hard to switch back.
You've been warned
Check out the statistics on Sourceforge: 1,141,730 downloads since the project began...
It is not that surprising that many Linux newbies had not heard of Firebird - mostly the publicity around open-source dbs goes to MySQL and PostgreSQL. The SAP db also suffers from a lack of publicity (well, maybe until MySQL got involved financially...).
Firebird users had to actually approach LinuxQuestions to request that Firebird be included in this poll. Until Linux related-sites start to become more proactive (especially sites designed to help newbies), who knows how many great open-source products are being exploited by a band of knowledgeable afficionados?
The amazing thing about Firebird is not just its proven history, its scalability (from being an embedded db to serving gigabytes of data), or its sql compliance... but also the range of (open source and commercial) tools available for it (http://www.ibphoenix.com/main.nfs?a=...ntrib_download)
Given the lengthy history of Interbase, the high SQL compliance and advanced features of Interbase since the early 90s, the platforms available for Firebird, the truly free nature of Firebird, the number of tools available...
it is no surprise that there is a huge base of Firebird users who are keen to raise the profile of the benefits of this database so that even knowledgeable people such as yourself have yet another choice in open-source databases :-)