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Re: The name of the game

From: "Greg Sabino Mullane" <greg(at)turnstep(dot)com>
To: pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org
Cc: pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: The name of the game
Date: 2006-07-13 06:26:45
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> I heard people making this same mistake in presentations at this
> past weekend's Postgres Anniversary Conference :-(  Arguably,
> the 1996 decision to call it PostgreSQL instead of reverting to
> plain Postgres was the single worst mistake this project ever made.
> It seems far too late to change now, though.

Not at all. For a start, the project can make it clear that "Postgres"
is a perfectly acceptable alternative to "PostgreSQL", and switch
from encouraging Postgres instead of PostgreSQL, while keeping the
ugly one around as a perpetual synonym. The fact that it is still
causing problems ten years later indicates that this is not a problem
that is going away easily. Practically everyone already calls it
Postgres anyway, even among those of us who can pronounce it
correctly. :) Why not bite the bullet at the ten-year mark and change
to the correct name? Otherwise, Tom may post an email in 2016 about
how the 1996 decision was still the single worst mistake the project
has ever made in the last 20 years...

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