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Re: Unsupported 3rd-party solutions (Was: Few questions

From: Thomas Hallgren <thhal(at)mailblocks(dot)com>
To: pgsql-general(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Unsupported 3rd-party solutions (Was: Few questions
Date: 2004-08-24 20:24:56
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Karsten Hilbert wrote:
>>a) More software can make use of your good name and reputation.
> That's rather dangerous, don't you think ? If PostgreSQL
> proper (eg the core server) wants to keep its good name it
> better make sure it is bundled with "good" "add-ons". And that
> would require precisely the additional workload that several
> core people have explained they must avoid in order to be able
> to focus on the core engine to keep its good reputation. So,
> unless people outside the core team take up the task it won't
> happen. And if they do - what's the difference to the current
> state of affairs ?
I see you point and I don't disagree. But let me give you a different view.

When I look at the current state of affairs, I see a PostgreSQL name 
that, in spite of very skilled people, great technology, a very vibrant 
community, and IMO a golden opportunity, is held back by a fear (well 
grounded, no doubt) that growth will increase the workload and thus make 
it harder to maintain the core engine.

I'm not an advocate of commercial packaging, nor packaging performed by 
"outsiders" and I don't think packages bundled with operating systems is 
a great idea either. I'm a fan of free open source and I think the way 
to archive growth is to appeal to more sponsors. More sponsors equals 
more resources. More resources, if handled correctly, could both make 
PostgreSQL grow *and* lessen the workload for the core developers.

I really like Jan Wiecks suggestion. To me that sounds like the way to 
get started. Recommended add-ons will feel a lot "safer" to the end 
users and it will give some perception of growth. I'd like to help out 
and I'm perhaps able to put in a couple of hours a week. Maybe there's 
more people out there that would like to help? If not for any other 
cause, then maybe to promote their own product. In so, we need to be 
coordinated. Preferably by someone from "within".


Thomas Hallgren

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