This guide is an introduction for the complete newcomer to a few essentials for getting off to a quick start with a Firebird binary kit. For the fine details of configuring and running your server and tuning your installation, please refer to Chapters 4-6 of the Using Firebird manual, distributed on the IBPhoenix CD. The Firebird Quick Start Guide started life as Chapter 1 of the Using Firebird manual, sold on CD by IBPhoenix. Later it was published separately on the Internet. In June 2004, IBPhoenix donated the guide to the Firebird Project.