Subject Re: [firebird-support] Linux versions supported?
Author Doug Chamberlin
At 7/14/2003 11:30 AM (Monday), Phil Shrimpton wrote:
> > I guess I picked the wrong time to start looking into Linux + Firebird +
> > Kylix. Or, perhaps there will never be a good time!
>Taking Kylix out of the picture for the moment, Linux and Firebird has always
>been an excellent combination, as easy to install as on Windows, better
>performance, better stability etc. Until the FB1.5 RC's I never had any
>problems installing FB on any distro.

It is the relatively new FB 1.5 install issues that had me concerned. I
hope this all settles down significantly before 1.5 approaches release. I
intend to start with 1.03 in any case.

>Kylix is a different issue, but is only really a problem IMO for the
>'development machine', you should be able to deploy to a wider range of

Ideally, of course, I'd like my development machine to match my server
rather closely. I'd hate to try something on one and then turn to the other
and have it just not work - or worse yet work in a different way.

> > This is a dismal situation, exacerbated by the fact that when it comes to
> > Linux I am a lowly user and do NOT want to get involved with
> > recompiling/linking applications in order to use them.
>I have rarely if ever had to do this, and when I have, the 'compile' has been
>part of the installation process.

Part of me yearns for a source-only starting point where I install once,
then rebuild it all from scratch. I guess Debian is the best distro for
that. But what has me nervous are the reports illustrating how fragile the
build scripts are. maybe I've been lurking on the FB-devel list too much
and I'm just spooked. Time will tell.

I don't envy Helen in attempting to chart out the various incompatibilities
for her book, though.

> > Mostly, I'm concerned about the upcoming Linux 2.6 release and what will
> > work with it.
>The kernel should not be an issue, its the 'C' library that causes the grief
>(bit like the comctrls issue on Windows).

If that is all it ends up being then I can adapt. After all, I've lived
with Windows for long enough and not hated it too much.

> > Let's stay on top of this issue, folks. Anyone having any news or success
> > with specific combinations of software, please share it right away!
>What type of application are you looking to develop? (server, GUI, etc.)
>There are other tools/languages that work well with FB, that might be an
>alternative to Kylix)

I don't have anything in particular in mind. Just want to move off Windows
as my main platform and see where it leads me. I've done test installs of
half a dozen Linux distros and watched the user friendliness of the choices
improve over the last few years. However, I've not spent much total time
with Linux compared to Windows.