Inprise/Borland Terminates Negotiations To Sell InterBase Product Line; Announces Plans To Support InterBase Community

By: David Intersimone

Abstract: Inprise/Borland press release announces that it has terminated negotiations with Ann Harrison regarding the sale of the InterBase. product line.

Inprise/Borland Terminates Negotiations To Sell InterBase Product Line

Announces Plans To Support InterBase Community

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., -- July 28, 2000 -- Inprise/Borland (Nasdaq: INPR) today announced that it has terminated negotiations with Ann Harrison regarding the sale of the InterBase. product line to a start-up venture led by Ms. Harrison. The company is planning to fully support InterBase customers by retaining a core team to successfully transition the open source version of InterBase. Inprise/Borland is responding to the needs of open source developers, and is joining the many companies that have embraced open source.

After careful consideration, we determined that it was not in the best interest of Inprise/Borland's stockholders for us to sell the InterBase product line to a start-up entity which initially would be dependent on Inprise/Borland for funding, said Dale Fuller, interim president and CEO of Inprise/Borland. We are excited about building a relationship with the open source community. We believe this process will strengthen both the InterBase community and further enhance the product.

Last week, Inprise/Borland announced that the source code for InterBase 6.0 and binary versions for Linux., Windows., and Solarisd would be made available at the Inprise/Borland Web site, www.inprise.com/InterBase/. InterBase 6.0 was released under a variant on the Mozilla Public License (MPL) V1.1. Developers using InterBase under this license can modify the code or develop applications without being required to open source them. The open source license applies to all platforms.

About InterBase 6.0

InterBase 6.0 is the most recent version of the powerful, high-performance cross-platform database known for its low-maintenance requirements and enterprise-class features and performance. In addition to being the first open source release of InterBase, Version 6.0 introduces a number of new features including new data types (long integer, date, time), extended SQL92 compliance, an open interface for defining new national character sets, plus performance and security enhancements.

Availability and Support

InterBase 6.0 can be downloaded immediately from the Inprise/Borland Web site at www.borland.com/interbase/.

About Inprise/Borland

Inprise Corporation (referred to in this press release as Inprise/Borland) is a leading provider of Internet access infrastructure and application development tools and services for most major platforms, including Linux., Sun Solarisd, Windows. and the Macintosh. OS. Founded in 1983, Inprise/Borland is headquartered in Scotts Valley, California with operations worldwide. To learn more, visit Inprise/Borland at http://www.borland.com/, the community site at http://community.borland.com/ or call the company at 800-632-2864.


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