Hi all! After a month of waiting in NEW queue  I have hope that FireBird  package can be included into unstable this week. And no, I am NOT going to push in Woody any untested sh*t. That's why I am writing here. However there's still a slight chance that FB can be in Woody (I am not sure if Debian really will be realsed on the 1st May). But to this to ever can happen I need to be sure that the package is working for more than 3 people ;-). Current state and how it looks: * The package is based on code released as FireBird 1.0. No changes (other than absolutely needed to fit it into Debian Policy) have been made. So I don't expect I could really break sth. * This debianized version passes all the tests from firebird test suite (not packaged yet) w/o any problems. * The package works for me (in development env.) and I was also contacted by Damyan Ivanov <email@example.com> which reports it works well so far (he is still testing it) * The package didn't change much since a month. I put a lot of work in it and it seems to be OK so far. I was only fixing minor packaging problems. What I want to do now; * I belive that FireBird is really great piece of software and it would be a pity it weren't in Woody (*IF* the deb pacakge is ready) * TESTERS ARE NEEDED - IF YOU CARE TO HAVE FREE INTERBASE REPLACEMENT please report whether it works for you or not. It is equally important ATM that it *works* and that it doesn't and what problem it has. Please include brief description of a system you have tested it on and how extesive the tests were. * I'll really try to fix any arising problems w/ those packages ASAP. * If no unfixable showstoppers are found - it MAY be considered for inclusion into Woody. * Feature requests/wishes are also welcome. I am open for any suggestions, no flames plese Best regards Grzegorz Prokopski  There are two sets of packages in NEW. First created from firebird-server source package - was targeted to experimental, but it has not been included and I didn't get any explaination from ftpmasters whether it was ommited, denied or overlooked (I also mailed ftpmasters@ w/o results). The first set is sth. that can now be forgotten. The second set has been uploaded lately. The source package is called just "firebird" - the set of resulting binaries it the same. These packages are also availabe from http://debian.sente.pl/ and are the ones that should be tested.  FireBird 1.0 is based on InterBase 6.0 beta code under MPL-like license. It has been worked on for about 2 years by volounteers and finally released on 12th March 2002. http://firebird.sourceforge.net/ It is intended to be 100% compatible free replacement for InterBase 6.0.
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