>If PostgreSQL 8.0 is released with ARC, and then PostgreSQL 8.1 is
>released without ARC, and then the patent is granted to IBM, would
>everyone be fine if they just all switched to 8.1 at that time? Or would
>we have some kind of retroactive problem? Would people that are still
>using 8.0 in production, but not distributing it, have difficulty?
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.
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.
Joshua D. Drake
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