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10/04/2010
Firebird 2.5 Released

The Firebird Project today announces Firebird 2.5, the fifth and newest major release of its open source relational database management system.

New features of Firebird 2.5:

  • New SuperClassic Architecture Firebird 2.5 introduces a new architecture, tagged "SuperClassic", to gain better leverage from multi-core and multi-CPU hardware environments and improve resource usage for systems with large numbers of users and huge databases.
  • Audit System audit tracing and user trace sessions via the Services API enable nearly real-time monitoring and analysis of everything going on in a database
  • Cross-database queries Firebird 2.5 opens the way for Firebird database instances to query one another and to exchange information
  • Enhanced user management  User management becomes accessible and flexible through SQL requests submitted from user databases
  • Other features include autonomous transactions within PSQL modules (stored procedures, triggers, SQL blocks), support for regular expressions as arguments in SQL using the SIMILAR TO predicate, asynchronous cancellation of connections, enhancements of monitoring capabilities and much more.

Firebird binaries are distributed for a variety of system and hardware platforms: Windows, Linux, MacOS, Solaris, HP-UX and more. Firebird runs on on x86, x64, PowerPC, Sparc and other hardware platforms, providing an easy migration mechanism between these diverse platforms.

The V.2.5 release binaries ship for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows and Linux, with MacOSX x86 to follow. Other POSIX platform builds are likely to appear before the year is out, in response to demand.

A complete list of changes can be found in the release notes.

News source: firebirdsql.org

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