> Related – what is the official relationship between Interbase (Embarcadero
> et al) and the Firebird community?
> I get the impression they reluctantly tolerate each other – but I think
> Borland/Codegear/Embarcadero regret ever open sourcing Firebird
Yes, I get that underflow feeling too and agree. Here, a lot of people who
might normally have purchased Interbase, have gone across to Firebird. They
don't even advertise a price for Interbase so there can be no comparison.
and what is the official relationship between Embarcadero (Delphi) and the
> Lazarus/Free Pascal community?
> I get the impression this is sort of cooperative – are some of the cross
> compiler stuff and other tools in XE2 born in part out of the Lazarus
> community (such as parts of Firemonkey and the MacOS compiler)?
That I'm not so certain of. but I think you are right. Embarcardero do not
lose any customers to Lazarus (or minimal) as Delphi 7 developers are still
strong in the community. On the other hand people who start out in Lazarus
may eventually come over to Delphi, so it's a symbiotic relationship.