In Pictures: Six free/open source databases with commercial-quality features

Microsoft, Oracle offer impressive free versions of their commercial offerings, but MariaDB wins our test

Firebird SQL

Firebird SQL comes with a cross-platform management tool called FlameRobin, which we found to be not as feature rich as others in this test. We also ran into minor problems with documentation and permission issues. Performance also degraded as we moved from smaller data sets to larger ones. Overall, we were impressed some of the new features that have been added to an already excellent database, Interbase, but our sense is that Firebird is best suited to smaller installations.

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