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Upside: IBPhoenix president gets past the politics


"[In December 1999] mounting excitement over Linux prompted Inprise Chief Executive Officer Dale Fuller to propose that InterBase be licensed as an open source software program." Harrison says she and her fellow developers decided to fill in the gaps, using the development talent that had recently departed Inprise/Borland. Adopting the fiery phoenix as their mascot, Harrison and her partners named the project Firebird, putting it up on the VA Linux-owned (LNUX) project management site Source Forge. They also changed the name of their company to IBPhoenix.

"For [Ann] Harrison, [the] proposal came as welcome news. Although Inprise showed no signs of dropping the InterBase product line, she and other developers saw an opportunity to build a profitable company with or without Inprise's help. They also saw an opportunity to take back technical control of a project that, in the opinion of more than a few InterBase users and developers, had been allowed to languish in recent years...."

"Harrison says she and her fellow developers decided to fill in the gaps, using the development talent that had recently departed Inprise/Borland. Adopting the fiery phoenix as their mascot, Harrison and her partners named the project Firebird, putting it up on the VA Linux-owned (LNUX) project management site Source Forge. They also changed the name of their company to IBPhoenix."

This article was originally published on Nov 24, 2000
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