Here is how it was the situation in A.D. 2001
At this time, although the latest source code and CVS tree have been released, some key pieces are still being held by Inprise. These include:
build instructions and makefiles
build documentation including known bugs list.
the testing suite
the InterBase name
A key issue for the community is the ownership of the documentation. Inprise is the copyright holder to the original documentation, But ISC had commissioned an outside company to update the documentation in anticipation of being transferred the copyright. According to Paul Beach, who was appointed VP of sales and Marketing at ISC, the new documentation is not 'derivative' enough (over 30% different) to allow them to release the new version without violating Inprise's copyright.
Well i will start with bottom up what community did all these years 2000 -> 201x
5. Interbase name : Firebird name is better than InterBase name and Firefox name
4. Testing suite : Is better than original and is written in Python , easier to parse and write for the brain
3. Building is easy these days and is packaged for major linux distros and compilers g++, vc++
2. On my linux i just type ./configure ; make ; make install so all is done for posix systems , win32/64 ok ok we don't have an HaikuOS port but that is easy :)
1. Release Notes : We have plenty
So in the end community filled all the missing gaps and it will finish the All the documentation too , It was a strategic mistake to ignore the community and the power of open source