Interbase is a RDBMS that is sold by a subsidiary of Inprise. It has since been open-sourced as "Firebird", which can be found at If you've heard of it, you know it rocks when compared to SQL Server, Sybase, and Oracle, because it has NO RECORD LOCKING. Instead, from day one it has used a "versioning" system that allows for simultaneous readers and writers with no blocking. It does however, suffer from a lack of "exposure" in the programming community. Free downloads of version 4 are available for Linux and FreeBSD.

Borland's RDBMS, currently at version 6.5, which runs on Linux, Windows and Solaris.

Although Borland did release version 6.0 as open-source (and it is still available from SourceForge), they have not released any fixes or code after that, and the latest features are only available in their commercial version. The Firebird project have forked the code and are continuing open-source development.

It is heavily multithreaded, provides "event alerters" (a way for client applications to "hook" into the database and be notified when certain things happen), has unicode support, provides ODBC and JDBC interfaces, is well-integrated with Java and has standard features such as stored procedures, triggers and UDFs (User Defined Functions).

The main advantage of Interbase is probably it's close integration with Borland's development products, such as Delphi, Kylix, C++ Builder and JBuilder, as they can directly communicate with Interbase rather than having to go through the BDE or other type of interface.

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