This announcement marks the release of MetaKit as open source.
MetaKit is an efficient database library with a small footprint. It's a cross between flat-file, relational databases, and OODBMS. Keywords: structured storage, transacted commit, load on-demand, portable, C++, Python, Tcl, scripting, instant schema evolution.
RELEASE NOTES: The new release is nearly identical to the recent 1.9 release, with a few minor tweaks, and updated documentation. The change is that source code is now freely available to anyone.
License: X/MIT-style open source. Commercial support is provided though an Enterprise License from Equi4 Software, see the website.
MetaKit 2.0 embodies the evolution of 3 years of development and production use, and is considered a pretty stable release. Both the Python and the Tcl extension interfaces have been adjusted to use the new 2.0 release number, and are now part of the core.
The MetaKit home page is at: http://www.equi4.com/metakit/ with links to documentation, source code, all license details, mailing lists (moved), defect tracking (new), and a CVS repository (new). The new services are hosted on the SourceForge Open Source site.
Binary builds of this library are currently available by FTP for: Unix (AIX, Digital Unix, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris), Windows (9X/NT), and Macintosh (PPC). Older release builds are available for VMS, BeOS, SGI, and a few others (all the way down to 16-bit MS-DOS).
Both old and new releases remain 100% supported by yours truly. The bug database is there to report problems, and CVS is there to get fixes and patches back out to everyone - so let's use them!
As the 2.0 version number indicates, this also marks the start of a new range of MetaKit releases. Having successfully proven the concepts that underpin MetaKit over the last several years, it is time to open up the system to all developers who are interested in simplicity and raw performance. Over the coming months, I'll be making a substantial number of new contributions, while at the same time inviting every interested developer to discuss ideas to make MetaKit even faster, more scalable, multi-user / -threading, and binding it to many more languages and platforms. If there is a need, separate "stable" & "bleeding-edge" areas will be set up.
The website, code, and documentation are currently being adjusted to iron out all wrinkles of these changes. Hello, DBMS world :)
-- Jean-Claude Wippler email@example.com
<P><A HREF="http://www.equi4.com/metakit/">MetaKit 2.0</A> - open-source release of the powerful MetaKit 2.0 database library for flexible structured storage; features Python bindings. (15-Dec-99)