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Re: Changing the name

From: "Joshua D(dot) Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
To: Josh Berkus <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com>
Cc: Greg Sabino Mullane <greg(at)turnstep(dot)com>, pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Changing the name
Date: 2010-01-25 19:25:35
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On Mon, 2010-01-25 at 10:03 -0800, Josh Berkus wrote:
> > The PostgreSQL project is changing the official name of
> > the project from "PostgreSQL" to "Postgres". Postgres has
> > been a recognized alias for many years, and is the preferred
> > usage by many in the community. The use of PostgreSQL will
> > still be used in many places, but over time will be replaced
> > by Postgres. Again, both names are acceptable, but Postgres
> > is the preferred usage.
> Nice attempt at a compromise.  However, it ignores several points around
> a name change:
> (1) JPUG, our single largest user community representing at least 25% of
> PostgreSQL users worldwide, opposes a name change.
> (2) "Postgres" is really not that much better of a name.  WTF does it
> mean?  If we're renaming, how about "AdvancedDB"? "AllYouEverNeedDB"? Or
> "EnterpriseDB"?  Oh, wait.  ;-)
> (3) Our project continually suffers from insufficient volunteer effort
> for marketing to do simple nuts-and-bolts things with proven ability to
> improve adoption: website overhaul, case studies, howto guides, news
> articles, blogs.  Where are we going to get the time to do the kind of
> marketing campaign a name change requires?  "I have a regex" doesn't cut it.
> (4) When Neil said back before 8.0 that it was our last chance to change
> the name, he was right.  And we determined we couldn't do it without
> holding up the release. I still stand by that decision.


> --Josh Berkus

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