Subject Re: [Firebird-general] Firebird download page (was: Why MySQL is better...)
Author Martijn Tonies
Hi Paul, others,

> > (...) It's also the website -> the MySQL website is very very clear,
> > on everything (except their license maybe), it's easy to find what
> > you want, to check the changes between releases (no need to
> > download) and to get an actual download for your platform. This is
> > MUCH harder on the PG website... Believe me, I tried ;-)
> > That being said - downloading from the Firebird website isn't
> > exactly a two click job either... :-/ ... You get a list with a
> > gazillion options and the latest (1.5) SS for Windows is somewhere
> > near the bottom. Why not create a simple "download" page with
> > the versions and platforms listed instead of that nasty Sourceforge
> > page?
> Good point!
> On the SF Files page, the average (new) user doesn't see the wood for
> the trees. We need a simple download page, and links to it from the
> project homepage and (possibly) the Summary page. Such a download page
> doesn't have to contain each and every source, debug or tool package.
> Just the mainstream releases for the different OS'es, and a pointer to
> the Files page for whoever wants to see more.
> Pavel, are you following this thread?
> If this is generally considered a good idea but nobody has the time,
> I volunteer to make such a page.

I wouldn't mind making/maintaining it either. Anyway, I have the
following suggestions for the download page:

- Links to the different projects (db server, .net driver, JayBird etc)
- Per project: current version, previous version, grouped by platform
- A sentence: "for free/share/commercial GUI tools, look here: " with a
link to the GUI tools section at
- A sentence: for migration tools, look here, with a link to IBPhoenix
- Behind each link, a link "mirrors" to the sourceforge area per product
(as in: the Linux Fb Server has a page full of mirrors, so does the
Windows download)
- A link to our SourceForge area

With regards,

Martijn Tonies
Database Workbench - developer tool for InterBase, Firebird, MySQL & MS SQL
Upscene Productions