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Fifth Draft - Press Release

From: Joshua Kramer <josh(at)bitbuckets(dot)com>
To: "Marc G(dot) Fournier" <scrappy(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Cc: Greg Sabino Mullane <greg(at)turnstep(dot)com>,<pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Fifth Draft - Press Release
Date: 2004-08-30 00:41:25
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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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