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Firebird 2.0 Beta 1 released.

Firebird 2.00 Beta 1

11 November 2005

The Firebird Project is pleased to announce the release today of the first Firebird 2.0 public Beta kits for immediate download and testing.

  1. This version of Firebird 2 is a beta version, meant for field testing only and not for use in production.
  2. Please read the "General Notes" and "Security" sections of the bundled release notes carefully before you install this beta.
  3. Bugs, problems, etc. can be posted to the Field Test bug tracker or to the Firebird Development List.

Firebird 2 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tables, support for Execute Block, increased table sizes, new improved index code (the 252-byte index length limit is no longer applicable), expression indices, numerous optimiser improvements, enhanced security features, support for on-line incremental backups, new international language support, along with numerous other improvements and bug fixes.

Note Firebird 2 includes ODS changes. So, backup anything you want to keep before uninstalling a previous Firebird version or an alpha build of Fb 2.

The following builds are currently available:


Classic for Linux on i686

Classic for Linux on x64

Superserver for Linux NPTL on i686

Release Notes Only

Please download the notes if you do not find them in your kit.

  • 21 Nov 2005 :: Firebird 2.0 Beta release notes, zipped PDF rlsnotes20beta1_0200_44.zip (617 Kb)

    Note: this version has corrected links for bug-reporting.

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