Invalidating delphi

Win64 hosts are running without problems and the MS VC8 final release seems to work satisfactorily, so we are able to say we are no longer hampered by problems with the Microsoft compiler.

The Win64 port is complete and into testing, but is still considered experimental.

The v.2.0 release cycle of Firebird brought a large collection of long-awaited enhancements under the hood that significantly improved performance, security and support for international languages.

Several annoying limitations, along with a huge pile of old bugs inherited from the legacy code, have gone.

Of special note are the fixes for the validation and shutdown issues described below in the Known Issues for V.2.0.5.

That was fixed in V.2.1 and backported to this sub-release.Many of the command-line tools have been refurbished and this release introduces the all-new incremental backup tools NBak and NBackup.The old “” limit on index size is gone for good, replaced by much-extended limits that depend on page size.Note also few backported improvements that are present in this release: A long-standing, legacy loophole in the handling of DPB parameters enabled ordinary users to make connection settings that could lead to database corruptions or give them access to SYSDBA-only operations.The loophole has been closed, a change that could affect several existing applications, database tools and connectivity layers (drivers, components).

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