Originally Published: Monday, 3 January 2000 Author: Jeff Alami
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Inprise/Borland Leads Linux Charge: Open-Sources Interbase Challenges Other Database Vendors to Follow Its Lead

"Inprise Corporation (Nasdaq: INPR) today announced that it is jumping to the forefront of the Linux database market by open-sourcing the beta version of InterBase 6"

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SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Inprise Corporation (Nasdaq: INPR) today announced that it is jumping to the forefront of the Linux database market by open-sourcing the beta version of InterBase 6, the new version of its SQL database. InterBase will be released in open-source form for multiple platforms, including Linux, Windows NT, and Solaris.

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"Inprise is taking a leadership role in the Open-Source movement by releasing the beta version of InterBase 6 under an open-source license. We are taking this bold step because we believe every Linux distribution needs InterBase," said Dale Fuller, interim CEO and president of Inprise Corporation. "By open-sourcing InterBase, we will be unleashing a world-class database for companies worldwide to develop and deploy business-critical, mobile computing, and Internet-based applications for multiple platforms, including Linux, Solaris, and Windows NT. This is an amazing opportunity for Inprise, its customers and the Open-Source community."

"Inprise open-sourcing InterBase is a step forward for software users," said Eric S. Raymond, president of the Open Source Initiative. "As open-source releases of operating systems and critical middleware become the norm, Inprise's release will undoubtedly raise the quality bar and customers will reap huge benefits in reliability, security, and total cost of ownership."

The beta version of InterBase 6 is scheduled to be available during the first part of the year 2000. The company also announced it will continue to sell and support InterBase 5.6 through normal distribution channels. Additional details on the plans to open-source InterBase will be available on Inprise/Borland's web site at www.borland.com.

About InterBase 6

The beta version of InterBase 6 is a powerful, high-performance SQL database designed for business-critical, mobile computing and Internet-based applications on Linux, Windows NT, Solaris, and UNIX. Since 1985, InterBase has provided technologically superior relational database solutions to meet the business-critical database needs of companies like Motorola, Nokia, MCI, Northern Telecom, Bear Stearns, the Money Store, the US Army, NASA, and Boeing. Through its ease of use, maintainability, simplified deployment and small footprint, InterBase has become the preferred embedded database solution.

About Inprise/Borland

Inprise Corporation is a leading provider of Internet-enabling software and services that reduce the complexity of application development for corporations and individual programmers. Inprise delivers integrated, scalable and secure solutions distinguished for their ease of use, performance and productivity. Committed to open platforms, Inprise continues its tradition of service and support for millions of software developers around the world through its online developer community and E-commerce site -- http://community.borland.com -- providing a range of technical information, value-added services and third-party products. Founded in 1983, Inprise is headquartered in Scotts Valley, California, with operations worldwide. To learn more, visit the company at http://www.borland.com or call 800-632-2864.

NOTE: Inprise product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of Inprise Corporation. Other names mentioned herein may be trademarks of the party using such names.

Note: Forward-looking statements in this release, including but not limited to those concerning Inprise's future market developments, positions in such markets, future products, product-availability dates, and the potential performance, features of or benefits to be derived from the Company's products, involve a number of uncertainties and risks, and actual events or results may differ materially. Factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially include, among others, the following: possible disruptive effects of organizational or personnel changes in the Company, shifts in customer demand, market acceptance of the Company's new or enhanced products, delays in scheduled product-availability dates, actions, or announcements by competitors, software errors, general business conditions, and market-development and growth rates in the client/server and Internet-software markets, and other factors described in the Company's SEC reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q.

SOURCE Inprise Corporation

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