Firebird Relational Database – one interesting bet on free databases: “Firebird is a relational database offering many ANSI SQL-99 features that runs on Linux, Windows, and a variety of Unix platforms. Firebird offers excellent concurrency, high performance, and powerful language support for stored procedures and triggers. It has been used in production systems, under a variety of names since 1981.
Firebird is a commercially independent project of C and C++ programmers, technical advisors and supporters developing and enhancing a multi-platform relational database management system based on the source code released by Inprise Corp (now known as Borland Software Corp) on 25 July, 2000 under the InterBase Public License v.1.0.
Firebird is completely free of any registration, licensing or deployment fees.It may be deployed freely for use with any third-party software, whether commercial or not.
I’m interested in this database as it shows to be opened to Java access through a JDBC Type IV driver.”