Firebird, an open-source relational database, emerged from the InterBase source code, release by Inprise Corporation -- now known as Borland -- in 2000. Firebird, which runs on Linux, Windows and a variety of Unix platforms, offers concurrency, high performance and powerful language support for stored procedures and triggers. It has been used in production systems under a variety of names since 1981.
June 11, 2004
Beyond Proprietary Databases: Helen Borrie on the Future of Firebird
"Major corporations like Boeing, Lockheed and Motorola were InterBase users, so we've got the track record," Helen Borrie told LinuxInsider. "It's very satisfying to learn of yet another big corporation or enterprise software product that has switched to Firebird, and, as the word gets out, it happens more often."