In a move which will challenge other database vendors to open-source their SQL databases, Inprise/Borland Corporation has announced it is releasing the source code for its InterBase 6 cross-platform SQL database. It will provide the database on multiple platforms, including Linux, Windows NT, and Sun Solaris, make the database available at no charge, and spin the InterBase division off into a separate company.
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has been ported to Red Hat Linux 6.0) will likely have to consider the move to open-source. User Recommendations Customers considering database purchases should investigate the importance of the open-source movement to their environment. There may be compelling reasons why database customization is desirable. Even if there is no need in the short term, circumstances may change later in the development cycle. Customers using InterBase include Boeing, MCI, NASA, and the U.S. Army, so support for the