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Re: [GENERAL] PostgreSQL 9.0

From: Josh Berkus <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com>
To: pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Cc: Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>, Dawid Kuroczko <qnex42(at)gmail(dot)com>, Ron Mayer <rm_pg(at)cheapcomplexdevices(dot)com>, pgsql-general(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: [GENERAL] PostgreSQL 9.0
Date: 2007-02-14 22:59:15
Message-ID: 200702141459.16448.josh@agliodbs.com (view raw or flat)
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Bruce,

> Having contributors bought out was always one of our three risks, the
> other two being patent and trademark attacks.  Not sure what we can
> really do about them.

Actually, the potential for trademark attacks is minimal to nonexistant 
according to the attorney's report.  So I'm not worrying about it.

Patent attacks are no more a risk for us than they are for every other OSS 
project, and the answer for these is to support the anti-patent 
organizations.

Overall, I think we're in a good position in that there are a lot of 
attacks which could *hurt* PostgreSQL, but none which are a guarenteed 
kill, and the public knowledge of an attack could easily cause our users 
and enemies of the attacker, and the OSS legal community, to rally to our 
defense and support.  This makes any attack a risky proposition for the 
attacker.  

Our #1 best defense is to make sure that as many companies as possible have 
invested in making PostgreSQL an integral part of their infrastructure 
and/or product line.

-- 
--Josh

Josh Berkus
PostgreSQL @ Sun
San Francisco

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