Senior VP and CTO of AMS: Mozilla Firebird is a Tier 1, Best of Breed Open Source Application
Saturday February 7th, 2004
Blake writes: "The Senior VP and CTO of IT consulting business AMS has written an article for CIO.com casually identifying Mozilla Firebird as a tier 1, 'best of breed' open source application with the likes of Linux and Apache:
"'The first category, Tier 1, consists of "Best of Breed" open source offerings. This category includes products like Linux, the Apache Web Server, Samba, the Mozilla Firebird browser, and the Perl scripting language. These products, widely tested and largely believed to be virtually risk-free, are commonly chosen for their technical strengths. Most consider these products to be safe, and many companies today use them with few problems. In fact, many consciously choose such products over commercial proprietary alternatives regardless of price.'"
Personally, I'd put Mozilla Firebird in Tier 2, after all it's [almost] only 0.8.
"Tier 2 consists of somewhat lesser-known products that have achieved a large degree of recognition for their quality. One example is MySQL, a database that frequently competes with powerhouses like Oracle and SQL Server. Other examples include Jboss, CVS and OpenOffice. In most cases, stable releases are available with accompanying documentation, and in many cases, support and other services often are available. However, not all of these products have achieved dominance or technical superiority over commercial proprietary competitive products. Some users of open source follow the rule of thumb that if you can buy a book on the product from Amazon.com or a similar bookseller, it's probably mature enough to use within the organization. If software in this category suits your needs best, it may be worth considering."