Inprise to Release InterBase 6 as Open-Source

Inprise Corp. will launch the new version of InterBase 6 as open-source, the company announced yesterday.

Inprise will release the source code for the SQL (structured query language) database for Linux, Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT and Solaris early this year, it said in a statement.

This is not Inprise's first move into the Linux market; the company released the Linux version of JBuilder 3, a Java development tool, last month.

Additionally, Inprise announced at Comdex that Linux versions of its Delphi and CBuilder tools will be available by the middle of 2000. [See "COMDEX: Toolmaker Sees Linux Apps Close," Nov. 16, 1999.]In December, Inprise announced that it had teamed with Java creator Sun Microsystems Inc. to create a Linux version of the Java 2 platform, allowing Linux programmers to create and use applications for the platform.

Though InterBase 6 will be open-source, Inprise will continue to sell and support InterBase 5.6 through normal channels, Inprise said.

Inprise, in Scotts Valley, California, can be reached at +1-831-431-1000, or at http://www.inprise.com/.

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