Subject Re: [ib-support] extremely cheap database
Author Helen Borrie
At 10:10 AM 16-11-01 -0500, you wrote:
>Uh oh, I may have made a mistake then...

What was your mistake?

>I thought IB Open Source was free for both profit and non-profit use, so long as I don't charge for IB, itself, but just the program that uses it?

That's right. But there is no "IB Open Source". Borland has "InterBase Open Edition" which is available from the InterBase tree on Sourceforge. It is only the source code though - you have to build it before you can do anything with it. (The 6.0.1 binaries on the Borland site are ancient betas...and Borland is not going to distribute any more free binaries).

You can use and distribute the buggy IB 6.0.1 binaries free. You can build database software from the Open Edition code free and distribute it free. You can call it any name you like except "InterBase".

Firebird is independent - it's not owned by Borland or anyone else. It owes its existence in great part to a big, nebulous organisation of long-time InterBase devotees but it is not (and never can be) "InterBase", for legal reasons.

btw, IBO does not stand for "InterBase Open (Source)" - it is another product altogether - IB Objects, a pretty spiffy set of Delphi/BCPPB components built by Jason Wharton for connecting to Firebird and InterBase.


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