Subject Re: [ib-support] Questions about RC1 and installation build
Author Paul Reeves
Joe Martinez wrote:
> Ok, I know that Firebird RC1 stands for "Release Candidate 1", but what
> does that mean exactly?
> Is RC1 the official first non-beta release of Firebird? By "candidate",
> does that mean that there will be more candidates for the first release,
> and only one of them will be chosen as the official first release? Is
> it still being decided whether RC1 is a beta or production release?

Fb 1.0 RC1 is feature complete. No new features will now be added. However, it
is not the production release. It marks the start of the final bug-fixing
phase. Depending on how things go we will move to the production release in
the very near future.

> I have a FB installation build that I've been using. The filename is
> IBWin32.EXE. It installs Firebird "0.9-4 Test 1", along with
> IBConsole1.0.0.326 and an ODBC driver (I believe I've been told that
> it's the IB 5.6 driver).
> Questions about this:
> I can't remember where I got it. Does anyone know? Is this build
> available for RC1? If so, where?

An installable Win32 version of RC1 will be available shortly.

> Are there any legal problems with using this and distributing it to my
> customers? I'm particularly concerned with IBConsole and the ODBC
> driver. Is it OK with Borland to distribute these? Don't they still
> own these?

IBConsole is available under the same licence as InterBase so you can
redistribute it. I am not quite sure of the precise legal status of the
Intersolv ODBC driver. I believe that it is freely distributable and, indeed,
is being freely distributed. If there were any issues with it we would have
heard by now.


Paul Reeves
taking InterBase further