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Re: 7.4 Press Release -- Draft #3

From: Josh Berkus <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com>
To: Andrew Sullivan <andrew(at)libertyrms(dot)info>,pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: 7.4 Press Release -- Draft #3
Date: 2003-07-23 18:05:06
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> I believe the rule that Oracle has is that you cannot publish
> benchmarks of their system without their approval.  Doing so violates
> your license to use the software.  So, either you cannot claim the
> "faster" result on the grounds that you have no basis for the claim;
> or, you're violating your license with Oracle.  So, even if Oracle
> has no interest in calling out their counsel, it's still a bad idea
> to mention them explicitly, because it makes the claims in the
> release either goundless or license-violating.

I'm reluctant to give up the mention of Oracle, becuase without it the quote 
lacks all punch.  However, we don't have to say "faster than" if that's going 
to be a trigger for them.  What about:

"If you tried PostgreSQL before, and went with a commercial database like 
Oracle or DB2 instead, it's time to re-evaluate," says Rod. "PostgreSQL's 
tremendously improved performance and ever-expanding feature set make 
PostgreSQL competitive with even the highest-end database systems."

That lets us grab the press's attention with a mention of competing with 
Oracle and DB2 (which I guarentee you will generate at least one headline) 
without making specific claims we can't defend without legal counsel.

Josh Berkus
Aglio Database Solutions
San Francisco

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