Subject Re: [ib-support] Will Firebird/Interbase always be free?
Author Martijn Tonies
Hi Marcelo,

First of all - MySQL is NOT free if you're using it for a commercial
project... Read again :)

As for InterBase, the whole open source stopped - no more features,
no more fixes. Borland continued InterBase and version 6.5 is moving
ahead - version 7 will be released before the end of this year. But with
licenses, not for free.

As for Firebird, it is free and said to stay free. Of course, contributions
(sponsoring etc) are welcomed a lot to continue its development.

With regards,

Martijn Tonies
InterBase Workbench - the developer tool for InterBase

Firebird Workbench - the developer tool for Firebird

Upscene Productions

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If we change anything, the users object."

> In the company I am presently working my boss want to choose a database to
> work with, but he told me it has to be free and there must be a warranty
> that it will be continued in any circustance, like what it is said about
> MySQL. I personally am very fond of interbase 6.01, and I would like to
> with it, or at least with firebird which is said to be free, but for that
> must find written all those things said about MySQl. In my opinion
> is far better than MySQL and I enjoy this and other list about Interbase,
> and Ihave had very good experiences with them myself. But unfortunately to
> use it here I will have to prove to them that Firebird is free and unlike
> interbase will continue to be free and continue to be improved and
> in the long run.
> Hope someone can point me to all possible web sites where I can find the
> information I am looking for.
> Personal opinions also will count as living proofs of the worldwide use of
> the database.
> But I need to show them all the certifications.
> hope you are all well and happy with firebird
> Marcello Miorelli