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Re: Fifth Draft - Press Release

From: "Heather Carle" <hcarle(at)afilias(dot)info>
To: "Joshua Kramer" <josh(at)bitbuckets(dot)com>,"Marc G(dot) Fournier" <scrappy(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Cc: "Greg Sabino Mullane" <greg(at)turnstep(dot)com>,<pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org>, "Jan Wieck" <jwieck(at)afilias(dot)info>
Subject: Re: Fifth Draft - Press Release
Date: 2004-08-30 16:53:57
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I would ask if you all could please not list Afilias as the .ORG registry.
We are only a technical sub-contractor.

The only TLD that Afilias is 100% responsible for is .INFO, so if you must
list our TLDs it's best to say "...Afilias who provides technical back-end
services supporting the .INFO and .ORG Internet domains" or something

If this sentence is included in this release it should read:
"Slony-I - a replication system funded by Internet domain registry Afilias."
Feel free to tack on the "who provides ...." part above if you wish to
include that level of detail.

Overall I think the feature summaries in this release are good. And I will
say that it is important for journalists that you do reference your
commercial competition since they might not fully understand how your
features stack up against them.

Also I would suggest you add at least one quote. Ideally from a C-level
executive talking about WHY this is important. Basically the 30,000 foot
view of why v8 is an important to Postgres and a user's business.  You also
need a boilerplate at the end about Postgres that describes its history, the
community that developed it, it's position in the market, and perhaps lists
some users.

I'd also suggest tightening the lead. The "PostgreSQL is the most advanced
..." should go into the first sentence. And the rest of that first paragraph
should go into the boiler, or farther down in the release. The second
sentence should really summarize the major "step forward" of the new version
.... E.g.: "In version 8 PostgreSQL adds core functionality such as Point in
Time Recovery and Table Spaces which were previously missing. With this new
release, professional users have an world-class, scalable, open source
database solution that does not sacrifice many of the conveniences provided
by commercial products."


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From: pgsql-advocacy-owner(at)postgresql(dot)org
[mailto:pgsql-advocacy-owner(at)postgresql(dot)org]On Behalf Of Joshua Kramer
Sent: Sunday, August 29, 2004 8:41 PM
To: Marc G. Fournier
Cc: Greg Sabino Mullane; pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: [pgsql-advocacy] Fifth Draft - Press Release

August 24, 2004 - The PostgreSQL Global Development group today announced
the availability of the 8.0 version of the PostgreSQL Object-Relational
Database Management System. PostgreSQL is the most advanced open source
database in the world today.  The database is icensed under a BSD-style
license, which allows for cost-effective implementation in any project due
to its lack of license fees. Version 8 is the collective work of hundreds
of developers.

PostgreSQL 8.0 contains many new features that make the database a strong
contender against the likes of Oracle and DB2.  Many companies have
already recognized the potential of PostgreSQL and have sponsored
development of the new features, which include:

Native Windows Support:  PostgreSQL now works natively with Windows
systems and does not need an emulation layer.  This provides a increased
performance over previous Windows versions and makes PostgreSQL a strong
upgrade from Microsoft SQL Server.

Savepoints:  Savepoints, also known as nested transactions, allow specific
parts of a transaction to be aborted without affecting the whole
transaction.  This feature, funded by Fujitsu, is valuable for application
developers who require error recovery within complex transactions.

Point In Time Recovery: PITR provides the ability to recover data to the
point of failure or to any time in the past.

Tablespaces:  This feature, funded by Fujitsu, allows the database
administrator to choose which filesystems are used for schemas, tables,
and indexes.  This allows the administrator to place whole databases on
separate disks to improve performance.

Improved Memory and I/O usage:  With this release of PostgreSQL, the
memory and disk I/O subsystems have been improved to use shared buffers
more effectively.  With this improvement comes an increase in speed and

Along with the new features come some new addins:

- Slony-I is a replication system funded by dot-org domain registry
- PostgreSQL has gained a number of stored procedure languages, namely
PL/PerlNG and PL/PHP which were sponsored by consultancy Command Prompt,
Inc. as well as PL/Java and the .Net provider Npgsql.
- Pgxs provides coding infrastructure to make it easier to deploy
extension modules.  Numerous extensions and applications are available at and

The PostgreSQL database can be downloaded freely at

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