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Re: Download links

From: Chander Ganesan <chander(at)otg-nc(dot)com>
To: Joshua Drake <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
Cc: Josh Berkus <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com>, pgsql-www(at)postgresql(dot)org, Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>, Andrew Sullivan <ajs(at)commandprompt(dot)com>, Dave Page <dpage(at)pgadmin(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Download links
Date: 2008-09-18 02:06:18
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Joshua Drake wrote:
> On Wed, 17 Sep 2008 15:38:29 -0700
> Josh Berkus <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com> wrote:
>> All,
>>> I tend to find this a bit misleading: both the front page and the
>>> linked-to pages give the impression that you are being pointed to
>>> community-supplied binaries.  With all due respect to Dave, I agree
>>> that having to fork over identifying information to EDB is not
>>> something I want people to think the community is pushing.
>> Well, I can see two solutions:
>> (1) EDB stops collecting the information on community redirects, or
>> (2) we move it to a section clearly labelled as "commercial
>> distributors".
>> (2) has the advantage that, should *more* commercial distributors
>> show up, we have a place to put them.
> I think there is some confusion here. EDB does not require collection
> of any data to download the software.
Correct.  As I said in my previous email, the information isn't 
required.  However, IMHO, the presentation of a form at all to collect 
such information results in a significant market advantage over other 
vendors that also support PostgreSQL ...its great when the develop their 
leads at all, but when those leads come directly from the community 
site, its a whole different story....  All things being equal, it 
provides EDB with a huge competitive advantage - that many other 
contributors cannot avail themselves to (for a variety of reasons).  The 
question being, should any vendor who chooses to package their own 
installer be given a position that is preferential over other vendors 
that contribute in a different (but perhaps just as beneficial to the 
community) way?

I'm not sure I would classify this as an EDB related issue specifically, 
it's a question that is speaks toward a general policy with regard to 
how such things are handled....

Chander Ganesan
Open Technology Group, Inc.
One Copley Parkway, Suite 210
Morrisville, NC  27560

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