Tuesday, January 31, 2006
One of those questions is, with recent headlines suggesting customer data stored on organizational databases is at risk, should those who opt for open-source database applications be worried? Not according to data suggesting proprietary database software is breached more often. But data alone is not enough. What IT executives really want to know is what specific technological security precautions open-source DB developers need to take.
"We continue to see the maturation of open-source databases reflected by the continually increasing levels of adoption," said John Andrews, President, Evans Data. "In a number of our ratings categories, we're seeing open-source databases meeting or exceeding proprietary databases."
Read this full article at TechNewsWorld
A new list has been started on Yahoogroups - a job board for devs
with Firebird skills and for employers looking for them. :-)
It's a pretty tightly moderated list.
You can look it up from the Lists and News Groups page of our main
website, or go straight there if you like.
All you'll see in the archives right now is a couple of messages
posted by Calin Pirtea, who's helping with the
moderation. (Actually, you won't see the archives at all if you're
not a member...)
Feel free to link to the list from your own websites. It all helps
for getting us "out there".
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Read more on his blog
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
(1.5.3) Two ISQL Improvements
C. Valderrama, D. Ivanov
1. Command line switch -b to bail out on error when used in non-interactive mode.
2. Return an error code to the operating system from command-line isql
(1.5.3) Make Old Column Naming Convention available
Added OldColumnNaming parameter to firebird.conf to allow users to revert to pre-V1.5 column
naming in Select expressions.
(1.5.3) Security diagnostics added
Attempts to send signals via a missing gds_relay may be an exploit attempt. They are now logged.
(1.5.3) Closed an Endemic Security Hole
Previously, a user could log into a server on a Unix/Linux host remotely, using a Linux UID and password
accepted on that host. It was recognised as a security hole and fixed in Firebird 2 development.
It is an endemic security bug in previous versions and InterBase. The security fix has been back-ported
to Firebird 1.5.3: a UID received from the client side is now not trusted.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
"For now, Coverity plans to publish the defect reports on a semi-private Web site so that any developer associated with a particular open source project can examine the list, determine if something actually needs to be fixed, and then create a fix and submit it to the project lead. This is currently the model used by Coverity for the defects they published for the Linux kernel."
Monday, January 23, 2006
release of the second beta of the long-awaited version 2 of
Please test this release and report back any problems by means of our
newsgroups and trackers.
Friday, January 13, 2006
Thursday, January 12, 2006
How to backup Mysql databases using Replication ,
Installing Oracle10 under Slackware, Firebird Conference 2005,
Firebird usage statistics (opinion poll)
Magazine is free, but is in portuguese. Some work is being done to have a version of the article in english.
It was presented at Firebird Conference 2005 .
Dmitri Kovalenko, LCPI wrote about unicode in September issue of The Firebird Developer Magazine:
Working with UNICODE in InterBase/Firebird
Related to unicode is Joel Spolsky's article The Absolute Minimum Every Software Developer Absolutely, Positively Must Know About Unicode and Character Sets (No Excuses!)
The Firebird ADO.NET Data Provider 2.0 Beta 3 for Microsoft.NET 2.0 is
available for download.
Download information can be found here:
(Please read the Changelog for details)
- Fixed problem with the FbDataAdapter design time support.
- Fixed TableAdapter integration in Visual Studio 2005 now the
tableadapters should have select, insert, update and delete commands
- Fixed bugs in Indexes and Index columns schemas.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
I saw firebird in the list of targets
“Through its Science and Technology Directorate, the department has
given $1.24 million in funding to Stanford University, Coverity and
Symantec to hunt for security bugs in open-source software and to
improve Coverity’s commercial tool for source code analysis,
representatives for the three grant recipients told CNET News.com.”
Monday, January 09, 2006
I always claimed about the lack of an "oficial" HQ for news related
to Firebird. Until now, people needed to dig into several sites to get up
to date with the "Firebird World".
For this reason, I created www.firebirdnews.org
The site is mainly a blog and will be driven by the community. I mean,
registered people who wants to be authors for the site will be allowed
to post new items with no moderation and full speed, ie: 1-LogIn, 2-Write It,
3-Publish it, and it will be online! No delays, no authorization
In other words: The site needs you! Being an author doesn't
means that you will have to write documents with dozen pages. It means
that you will have the right to post to the site. Actually the posts
are not big, since usually it will just give the user an introduction
to something hosted in another site.
Please enter the above URL and read the "About this site" and "Author
rules", and if you agree (why not?), please register yourself. As
soon as I see your registration, you will be promoted to Author role
and can begin posting new items.
For the RSS entusiasts, the site already offers possibility to track
the new posts and comments using a RSS reader.
Carlos (Membro do TeamFB - FireBase)
WarmBoot Informatica - http://www.warmboot.com.br
FireBase - http://www.FireBase.com.br
Friday, January 06, 2006
Daffodil Software have broadened the number of database choices for their CRM product. Previously limited to DaffodilDB, the CRM product now also supports Firebird, acknowledging Firebird's continuing march forward as the database workhorse for midmarket business applications.Read more | Post comment
O'Reilly has an in-depth interview with Chris Date, who co-wrote "The third manifesto" and helped promote the relational model in the mid-70's. Chris has outspoken views about the relational model, SQL, object-relational databases and much more. What would our own Jim Starkey have to say about Chris' views?Read more | Post comment
Project (where FBMail is included) announces New support mechanism :
FBUtils now has a new email list for support, the email list is fbutils-users. All feature requests and bug reports should still be added via the Sourceforge interface.
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
- Buy an 64 bit server (for databases is an must to have more than 4G of ram) if database is more than 30G
- Build an raid 0 array (for speed)
- Use Firebird Classic for SMP systems (multicore)
More ideas in this blog post
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
- Firebird, the database management system (or database server);
- Linux, the operating system;
- Apache, the web server;
- Perl, PHP, and/or Python, scripting languages.