No, I'm not talking about Mozilla Firebird (although it IS a cool browser), but Firebird database. It was formerly known as InterBase.
Some of the most impressive features:
- Similar to PostgreSQL, it is Oracle-like.
- Like MySQL, it is open-source and available to Linux, Windows, and UNIX.
- Extremely easy to install.
- Like Access, the database file is very portable (only a single .fdb file).
- It can run in 3 modes: classic mode (dedicated server), super server mode (shared server) and embedded mode (for desktop applications, like Access).
- Support most subset of ANSI SQL-92.
- Support of unicode (UTF-8 I think...).
- Everything you expected to see in a serious DBMS: ACID, subqueries, views, triggers, stored procedures, domains, system tables, and some Firebird-specific objects.
I've tested it under windows and it works very well. There are many contributed freeware. I have only tried one: MiTeC InterBase Query, which is so lean that it fits into a floppy! No need to install... Cool~
If interested, download and install it so as to experience how easy it is. Just follow this quickstart guide.