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March 21, 2005
The Firebird Project is pleased to announce the release today of the first Firebird 2.0 public Alpha kits for immediate download and testing.
  1. This version of Firebird 2 is an alpha version, meant for field testing only and not for use in production.
  2. All changes and new features are subject to further change and/or withdrawal in subsequent alpha and beta releases, leading up to final release. Do not assume that databases created by or upgraded to the on-disk structure of this alpha will be upwardly compatible with subsequent test builds/releases.
  3. Bugs, problems, etc. can be posted to the Field Test bug tracker or to the Firebird Development List.
This release contains a large number of new features, including derived tables, support for Execute Block, increased table sizes, new improved index code (the 252-byte index length limit is no longer applicable), expression indices, numerous optimiser improvements, enhanced security features, support for on-line incremental backups along with numerous other improvements and bug fixes. Please read the Release Notes for more details.

Downloads of builds for Linux-i686 and Win32 are currently available, with others to follow soon.

Feedback, input and comments re this release will be appreciated, as they will help to speed up the cycle for the full Firebird 2.0 release.
Happy testing!

Firebird Project
March 08, 2005
The Firebird Project will soon be releasing the first public 'alpha' release of Firebird 2.0. Version 2.0 is a long-awaited important major release of Firebird with many new features, enhancements and bugfixes. In number of changes, the jump in this release is equivalent if not greater than the transition from version 1.0 to version 1.5.

You know that we care about quality, and that we will not release the final version 2.0 until it meets our strict QA requirements. For version 1.5, it took about a year before we were satisfied. But this time we are in a slightly different situation...

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January 19, 2005
Because some potential corruption problems have shown up with pre-existing databases on the AMD64 Linux installations of Firebird 1.5.2, the kits have been recalled to the pre-release area for further testing.
January 02, 2005
Release notes:
(Please read the Changelog for details)

Bug fixes
  • Design Time support:
    • Fixed DTE creation when there are more than one Visual Studio instance.
    • Fixed problems when trying to add more than one FbDataAdapter at design time using the Wizard.
  • General:
    • Fixed globalization issues.
    • Fixed bug on StatementBase.Release method.
    • Fixed .NET Encoding class usage.
    • Fixed incorrect chck in the FbCommandBuilder class.
    • Fixed FbDataReader.GetString calls when the field has BIGINT data type.
Initial support for Guid data type (Mapped to a CHAR(16) CHARACTER OCTETS field in firebird)

Added initial DDL autocommit support to the FbbatchExecution class.
December 26, 2004
The full release of Firebird 1.5.2 for Linux and Windows has been placed into the production download area. For links to your preferred kit, please visit the Downloads page. These kits are the same build (4731) that was released as RC5. Release notes are here. Enjoy!!!
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