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Re: Who's a "Corporate Sponsor"?

From: "Marc G(dot) Fournier" <scrappy(at)postgresql(dot)org>
To: Joe Conway <mail(at)joeconway(dot)com>
Cc: Andrew Sullivan <ajs(at)crankycanuck(dot)ca>,PostgreSQL advocacy <pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Who's a "Corporate Sponsor"?
Date: 2004-12-07 01:29:49
Message-ID: 20041206212850.H54222@ganymede.hub.org (view raw or flat)
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On Mon, 6 Dec 2004, Joe Conway wrote:

> Andrew Sullivan wrote:
>> I'm with Josh: we have plenty of scroll space, and I think we want to
>> make this tent as big as possible.  In fact, I'm even inclined to
>> include closed software as a kind of contribution, although as a
>> lesser one.  By way of analogy, I think it makes a very big
>> contribution to Linux that Oracle will run on it; it's not the same
>> thing as paying for Alan Cox, but it's still a significant
>> participation in the community of users.
>
> I have to agree. Had it not been for Oracle running on Linux, I'd have had a 
> *much* harder time getting it into our datacenter in the first place. Now 
> that it is there and proven, adding new Linux apps (as compared to 
> proprietary Unix or Windows) is easy to justify internally.
>
> This past year while preparing for our first foray into data warehousing, I 
> found the lack of native support (compared to ODBC) for Postgres in the 
> commercial tools (e.g. ETL, BI reporting and analysis, etc) a deal killer 
> when it came to using Postgres as our data warehouse. No one but me was 
> willing to try to make it work, and instead we opted for a commercial 
> database.
>
> The bottom line is that for PostgreSQL to truly flourish in the world of 
> corporate datacenters, there needs to be a large body of supporting and 
> supported applications, both open source and commercial. We should welcome 
> all of them, because they serve our purpose as much as we serve theirs.

Both you and Andrew are arguing software ... this discussion is about 
project sponsors / contributions ... or, at least, started as such ...


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