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Changing the name

From: "Greg Sabino Mullane" <greg(at)turnstep(dot)com>
To: pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Changing the name
Date: 2010-01-22 15:00:11
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I think it would be a great time to change the name of the 
project back to "Postgres", and relegate "PostgreSQL" to   
an official and eternal yet discouraged alias. Why now?    

* We're going to version 9.0, which indicates big changes

* We're going to be more visible than ever in the next year:
** The EU mentioned us by name
** Many people are looking for MySQL alternatives

* We're finally "on the radar" and not just a geeky niche
database. People outside of tech circles have now heard of it.
But they still can't pronounce us. :)

I won't rehash all the arguments for and against a name
change, but I would like to propose *how* we would do such
a thing. The most basic would be to simply issue a statement
such as:

The PostgreSQL project is changing the official name of
the project from "PostgreSQL" to "Postgres". Postgres has
been a recognized alias for many years, and is the preferred
usage by many in the community. The use of PostgreSQL will
still be used in many places, but over time will be replaced
by Postgres. Again, both names are acceptable, but Postgres
is the preferred usage.

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Greg Sabino Mullane greg(at)turnstep(dot)com
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