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Re: The naming question (Postgres vs PostgreSQL)

From: Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>
To: Ron Mayer <rm_pg(at)cheapcomplexdevices(dot)com>
Cc: Stefan Kaltenbrunner <stefan(at)kaltenbrunner(dot)cc>, pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: The naming question (Postgres vs PostgreSQL)
Date: 2007-08-29 20:30:35
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Ron Mayer wrote:
> Stefan Kaltenbrunner wrote:
> > Steve Atkins wrote:
> >> If the immediate response to someone who has problems with their
> >> postgres system on IRC / email weren't "Yer sayin' it wrong, dummy!"
> >> that'd be less of a problem. It's an ugly blemish on what are otherwise
> >> very helpful peer support fora.
> > 
> > this usually only happens when somebody uses "postgre" - never seen
> > people complain about "postgres" ...
> > 
> The reason people assume "Postgre" is the right short form is
> because that's what the current capitalization "PostgreSQL"
> implies.
> If the name is changed to "PostgreS" you may still
> have the problem.   With "Postgres" it won't be.
> If the name is changed to "PostgresQL" the "postgre"
> problem would probably go away - but I think most would
> agree that changing to "PostgresQL" is rather silly.

Consider that with PostgresQL, URLs, email list names, postgresql.conf,
searches don't have to change at all, and we have something that is more
clearly pronounceable.

> PS:  If the name remains "PostgreSQL" I think the project should
> make "Postgre" an official acceptable short form as well - because
> that's how any new user will read it anyway.

I don't think anyone likes Postgre, at least English-speakers.

  Bruce Momjian  <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>

  + If your life is a hard drive, Christ can be your backup. +

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