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 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.'"

#6 Re: tier 2

by jgraham

Sunday February 8th, 2004 12:22 PM

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I suspect it's considered "tier 1" because it's as good as or better than the best known of the closed-source competition. If you look at tier 1 products, they are generally as good as or better than the alternatives - Apache is better than IIS, Linux is better than (many) proprietry unicies, Perl is better than (what? Applescript? VB?) and so on. The tier 2 products are generally good, but not up to the level of their closed-source conterparts e.g. Openoffice isn't as featureful as Microsoft Office and MySQL is inferior to Oracle or MS SQL server (although I've heard that both Postgre and Firebird-the-DB are better than MySQL).

If this is indeed the classifcation scheme, then it's pretty obvious why Firebird is considered Tier 1.