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Re: 7.4 Press Release -- starting Draft #5

From: Christopher Browne <cbbrowne(at)libertyrms(dot)info>
To: "Ron Mayer" <ron(at)intervideo(dot)com>
Cc: "Justin Clift" <justin(at)postgresql(dot)org>, nickf(at)ontko(dot)com,"elein" <elein(at)varlena(dot)com>, "Josh Berkus" <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com>,"Robert Treat" <xzilla(at)users(dot)sourceforge(dot)net>,pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: 7.4 Press Release -- starting Draft #5
Date: 2003-07-29 19:54:58
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Ron Mayer wrote: 
> Justin Clift wrote: 
> > Nick Fankhauser wrote:[...] 
> > > "An Enterprise-Level Database, Free." 
> >  
> > How about:[...] 
> > "An Enterprise-Level Database, Saving You Money" 
>  
> Curious about the term "Enterprise-Level" vs. "Enterprise"? 
>  
> Sybase calls theirs an "Enterprise Database for Linux" 
>   http://www.sybase.com/detail/1,6904,1024137,00.html 
>   http://www.sybase.com/detail?id=1019336 
> and MSFT & Borland use that phrase as well... 
>   http://www.borland.com/news/press_releases/2003/06_02_03_borland_and_microsoft_team_to_deliver_solution.html 
>  
> For my own enlightenment, do the terms mean something different? 
>  
>    Ron 

They represent much the same buzzwords, however they are worded.

>> - Is now optmized for the AMD Opteron, increasing the family of
>> 64-bit platforms supported which already includes HP/Compaq, Alpha,
>> Sun UltraSPARC, MIPS, PA-RISC, and RS6000*.  64-bit platforms are
>> designed to be a new class of high-performance computing, with
>> greater levels of computing power and scaleability needed for
>> enterprise level systems.
> 
>Oh, that's the money shot!  Very nice.  -sc 

It may be "very nice" if the goal is to produce something that sounds
good whilst being totally content-free.  But I thought that was the
sort of thing that people would only stoop to if they didn't have any
_real_ functionality to talk about.

Can we have at least _some_ content in that, suggesting something
about why you might actually care about 64 bits, aside from being
maximally buzzword-compliant?

The two major demonstrable merits of 64 bit systems are that:

 a) They can access a pile of memory.  An appropriate phrase might be:
    "allow applications to use very large amounts of memory, breaking the
     32 bit barrier of 4GB"

 b) They can manipulate larger objects directly, manipulate higher
    precision values more efficiently, and [probably other stuff
    that isn't occurring to me].
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