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Re: PostgreSQL Certification

From: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: "Joshua D(dot) Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
Cc: Diogo Biazus <diogo(at)ikono(dot)com(dot)br>, pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: PostgreSQL Certification
Date: 2003-10-25 03:36:11
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Joshua D. Drake wrote:
> >Yes, we could do that, but with structure, there comes power, and with
> >power, arguments.  Is it worth the risk?
> >
> >  
> >
> Probably not. Who would be a part of it?
> PgSQL, Command Prompt, Red Hat, SRA? Seems like a pretty big hassle.
> >I would like to see more benefit than just certification before I think
> >such a bureaucracy is worth it.
> >
> >  
> >
> Personally, I don't see a need. There are two Linux certifications of any
> relevance, only one of those actually matters (yes I know I contradicted 
> myself).
> That is the RedHat one.
> Also, although certification has some merit I would rather see our attention
> go more towards marketing and converting developers.

One more point --- I often get questions from folks no familiar with
open source who want to know who controls PostgreSQL (of course, no
one).  But, if we had a foundation, even in name only, they would think
the foundation controls PostgreSQL development and features.  They just
_want_ to think someone is in central control, and having a foundation
just confuses the issue.  They have to understand PostgreSQL is run by
consensus and anything that confuses that makes our job harder in
getting them to understand open source.  I just had a conference call
today where this exact confusion came up.

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