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Re: ARC patent

From: Simon Riggs <simon(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>
To: Neil Conway <neilc(at)samurai(dot)com>
Cc: "Joshua D(dot) Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>,Jeff Davis <jdavis-pgsql(at)empires(dot)org>, Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>,pgsql-hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: ARC patent
Date: 2005-01-17 23:56:35
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On Tue, 2005-01-18 at 10:15 +1100, Neil Conway wrote:
> On Mon, 2005-01-17 at 12:30 -0800, Joshua D. Drake wrote:
> > The biggest problem is going to be that if we release 8 with
> > the patented stuff, then for a minimum of 3 years there will
> > be liability for anyone running 8.
> > 
> > We still have people running 7.1 and once you get something
> > into production you typically don't just "change" it.
> 
> Keep in mind that it would be conceivable to ship an 8.0.x release which
> replaces ARC with another algorithm. That would be a somewhat
> non-trivial change, but there's no reason we need to wait for a major
> release (i.e. 8.1 or 8.2) to replace ARC.

Agreed.

> > Basically I think the fact that we are even considering leaving
> > the knowingly infringing code in 8 is presenting a horrible
> > face to the community.
> 
> I agree with Tom -- this shouldn't be an impediment to releasing 8.0,
> but it definitely warrants attention in the future.
> 

Agreed.

-- 
Best Regards, Simon Riggs


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