Firebird is a free and open source relational database based on source code from Borland.
I had first come across Firebird some years earlier. It was good back then: easy to install, easy to use, and fast.
Came across it on the Net again recently.
It can be a good alternative to other free databases like MySQL and PostgreSQL, for smaller applications, particularly where low administration overhead is needed. Also, it is cross-platform to some extent - works on Windows and Linux.
- Vasudev Ram - Dancing Bison Enterprises