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Re: Predicted lifespan of different

From: Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>
To: Dave Page <dpage(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Cc: Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>, pgsql-general(at)postgresql(dot)org, me(at)oisinglynn(dot)com, Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>, Bill Moran <wmoran(at)collaborativefusion(dot)com>
Subject: Re: Predicted lifespan of different
Date: 2007-01-29 23:02:12
Message-ID: 200701292302.l0TN2Ce01084@momjian.us (view raw or flat)
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Dave Page wrote:
> 
> 
> > ------- Original Message -------
> > From: Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>
> > To: Dave Page <dpage(at)postgresql(dot)org>
> > Sent: 29/01/07, 21:12:30
> > Subject: Re: [GENERAL] Predicted lifespan of different PostgreSQLbranches
> >
> > I am pretty amazed people are considering shortening the release cycle
> > for our most popular platform.  As it is a packaging issue, if some
> > people don't want to continue providing updates, I can start asking in
> > the community for someone else to do it.
> >
> > If the port is broken, and people must upgrade, I can see the reason for
> > not releasing updates, but if it is a question of time committment, I
> > oppose such cutbacks.
> 
> It's not a question of having the time - it's partly what I'm paid for
> these days. It's a question of whether that time is being wasted
> maintaining old versions that perhaps people aren't concerned with any
> more. That's why I brought the subject up on this -general thread,
> rather than in -hackers.
> 
> A couple of thoughts spring to mind that might  warrant some
> consideration:
> 
> - Windows is our most popular platform for sure, but I would wager the
> majority of those installations are development/test installs and that
> possibly Linux is the most popular platform for production systems.
> Those dev systems are likely to be running the latest version.
> 
> - So far I think you are the only person to object to 8.0 being dropped!
> 
> In any case, if people want to keep 8.0, then I will keep building it
> for the time being. We might need to start staggering point releases
> though.

I am fine to drop if the port isn't maintainable (like 7.2.X) , but it
seems far too early to drop building it if the code is maintained like
the other ports.  

If we drop 8.0.X, and release for other ports, I can assure you people
will ask for that binary.  We can always wait and see how many people
ask.

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  Bruce Momjian   bruce(at)momjian(dot)us
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