By: Borland Staff
Abstract: The Client is installed for free. You must purchase licenses for local InterBase
Do I need to install Local Interbase on the client machines, or does InstallShield install the necessary
parts on the client machine to allow them to use the local database?
Depending which version of Delphi you are using (the Professional or the Enterprise version) here
is what the InstallShield version of both is able to do in terms of distributing and installing InterBase along
InstallShield Express distributes applications, the BDE and a local version of the InterBase SQL Link driver
(remote connections are not permitted). It does not distribute any of the other SQL Link drivers (DLL's).
As such the BDE engine can only access ASCII, Paradox, dBASE and local InterBase files directly. Contact
Inprise Corp. for information on obtaining the remote InterBase SQL Links driver. The BDE can also go
through ODBC drivers, but InstallShield Express does not automatically distribute ODBC drivers.
In the Enterprise version of Delphi and C++ Builder the InstallShield Express has all of the capabilities that are present
in the Professional version plus some added capabilities. The SQL Link drivers can optionally be bundled
in with the BDE, this includes the remote SQL Link driver for InterBase. When the InterBase SQL Link
driver is included in the distributable install, the InterBase Client software is automatically bundled in as
part of the SQL Link.
The InterBase Client software is freely distributable with no royalties required and no copy limitations.
To distribute the Local InterBase Server requires obtaining the InterBase Deployment Kit which will license
the purchaser to be able to distribute the Local InterBase Server to up to 20 seats or 100 seats depending
on the Deployment kit that is purchased.
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