In the InterBase world a potential fork is looming over us with Borland seeming to do their own thing and the open
source community giving up hope on open cooperation and communication from them. The open source folk are impatient to forge ahead with Firebird and implement the possibilities of the "real open source database", with or without Borland.
If this happens it seems probable that choosing IBX will lock developers into choosing whatever Borland produces and thus bind their applications to an inferior, poorly supported back-end product which will not be free. If IBX fails to keep up with Firebird development, which already seems likely, choosing IBX would mean foregoing the opportunity to work with the Firebird enhancements at all. Its sole developer, Jeff Overcash, has often publicly presented himself as an opponent and detractor of the active community open source effort.
Those who choose IBO can be assured that I will do my very best to support both Firebird and Borland's products as long as possible. This way, it will be an open choice for all IBO people whether they use Firebird or Borland.
As far as I can see, Borland is not playing the open source game the way it needs to be played and so I think it should be most people's concern to keep their options open until things between these two factions resolve.
If you are sure you want to stay with Borland then IBX is an option and so is IBO. If you want to keep your options open, stay away from IBX. I highly doubt IBX will be made to work with Firebird since the only good thing going for IBX right now is that Jeff Overcash remains willing to persevere with its beta development.
27 December 2000