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Re: [HACKERS] Oft Ask: How to contribute to PostgreSQL?

From: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: The Hermit Hacker <scrappy(at)hub(dot)org>
Cc: pgsql-general(at)postgreSQL(dot)org, jeff(at)pgsql(dot)com, pgsql-hackers(at)postgreSQL(dot)org
Subject: Re: [HACKERS] Oft Ask: How to contribute to PostgreSQL?
Date: 2000-06-01 01:23:27
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Not sure this belongs in the FAQ.  Seems more of a web page thing.

> Due to a recent thread started on pgsql-hackers, I'm posting this to the
> lists.  Vince is planning on putting in appropriate links for some of
> this, and, Bruce, can we maybe put it into the FAQ?
> I'm not an English major, so this is more techinese then anything
> else...or, a rambling of an un-ordered mind, however you want to classify
> it :)
> ============
> There are several ways that people can contribute to the PostgreSQL
> project, and, below, I'm going to try and list them...
> 1. Code.  We have a TODO list available at
>, which lists enhancements that
>    have been picked out as needed.  Some of them take time to learn the
>    intricacies of the code, some require no more then time.  Contributing
>    code, altho not the only way to contribute, is always one of the more
>    valuable ways of improving any Open Source Project.
> 2. Web Site. is mirrored on many sites around
>    the world, as is  By increasing the number of
>    mirrors available around the world, you help reduce the load on any one
>    site, as well as improve the accessibility to the code.  If you have
>    the resources to provide a mirror, both hardware and bandwidth, this is
>    another means of contributing to the project.  All our mirrors are
>    required to use rsync, in order to be listed, with details on this
>    found at
> 3. Mailing Lists.  We use software that allows us to use remote sites for
>    'mail relaying'.  Basically, instead of our central server having to
>    service *all* remote addresses, it offloads email onto remote servers
>    to do the distribution.  For intance, by dumping all email destined for
>    a subscribers in France to a server residing in France, the central
>    server has to send one email mesage "Across the pond", and let the
>    server in France handle the other servers.  If you are interested in
>    providing a relay point, email scrappy(at)hub(dot)org (me) for details on how
>    to get setup for this.
> 4. Financial.  In June of 1999, PostgreSQL, Inc was formed as the
>    "Commercial Arm" of the PostgreSQL Project.  Although it was originally
>    formed to provide Commercial Support for PostgreSQL, it has expanded to
>    include Consulting services, PostgreSQL Merchandise (ElephantWear) and,
>    most recently, Database Hosting services.  
>    As our mission statement ( states,
>    our purpose (among several) is to provide funding for various project,
>    whether they be Advertising or Programming.  Although not currently
>    available, but will be when the new site is up, there will be a set of
>    pages off of that will provide a cleaner means of
>    contribute financially towards having features implemented, as well as
>    showing funds available for various projects.  For instance, 25% of the
>    revenue from Support Contracts will be ear-marked for stuff like
>    Advertising and a General Pool that we can use to fund projects that we
>    feel is important from a "commercial deployment" standpoint.
> Marc G. Fournier                   ICQ#7615664               IRC Nick: Scrappy
> Systems Administrator @ 
> primary: scrappy(at)hub(dot)org           secondary: scrappy(at){freebsd|postgresql}.org 
> ************

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