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{Spam?} Re: PostgreSQL History Document

From: Lamar Owen <lowen(at)pari(dot)edu>
To: Josh Berkus <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com>, pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org,Robert Bernier <robertb(at)sraapowergres(dot)com>
Subject: {Spam?} Re: PostgreSQL History Document
Date: 2004-12-04 04:49:32
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On Friday 03 December 2004 21:42, elein wrote:
>    In 1992, Michael Stonebraker, Gary Morganthaler, Michael Ubell
>    and Paula Hawthorn joined with a small team to create the
>    company Miró.  Miró took a branch from UC Berkeley's Postgres
>    source tree and immediately adapted it to use SQL, implemented
>    (fixed) page level locking and a number of other key features.
>    Over the next few years, Miró became Montage and then became,
>    Illustra.

Illustra was the other database I looked at when backending my 
Navi^H^H^H^HGNN^H^H^HAOLserver installation (Illustra and the full text 
DataBlade was extremely well supported by that beast).  Just wasn't available 
for Linux.

>    Relational technology into the existing multi-threaded
>    Informix 7 to produce Informix 9.  I was a part of that team.

>    With the halt of active Illustra database sales, some of us
>    on the Illustra maintenance team approached Stonebraker with
>    the idea to make the Illustra database open source. Stonebraker

>    In 2001, Informix split. Half of the company seceded
>    and formed Ascential.  The database portion of the
>    business was sold to IBM.

Any chance anyone inside IBM might be able to make that happen (the 
open-sourcing of Illustra?).

The whole DataBlade mechanism was cool; I forget right off which DataBlade the 
full-text indexer in AOLserver used, but it was working in 1997 very well.
Lamar Owen
Director of Information Technology
Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute
1 PARI Drive
Rosman, NC  28772

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