Forum OpenACS Q&A: PostgreSQL enhancements
Postgres to get more features out faster ? How much is ACS/pg (ACS for
that matters) worth ? How much can it save a company, especially
starting web businesses ?
Have the PG developers thought about something like that ? How about
sourcexchange or those other open source mechanisms ?
I don't know if I am saying something crazy here, but I was
astonished when Don mentioned that OUTER JOINS have been in the oven
for 16 months in PostgreSQL and are not out yet (btw, when is 7.1
coming out ?).
I like PostgreSQL and I want to see it go further and further, to the
point where it remains the "best open source RDBMS" and better than
What can we do to help ?
They have organized Postgres, Inc. I don't think the model they've chosen is the correct one. Apache Foundation and similar approaches make more sense to me. Postgres, Inc also has done some things that might be described as tacky. Banner ads on their forum archives, for instance. That's kind of a trailer-trash approach to funding Open Source software, IMO. They've not been effective in getting money in the door and out to developers in the form of contracts, etc.
7.1 is scheduled for late summer, but personally I don't think it will happen unless the list of stuff to be done is pared down, or some way to speed the development process.
Beyond that, yesterday I raised the subject privately with Ben, and at my prodding Brent asked Lars a question regarding any interest aD might have in helping fund PG development (and did so in a very nicely-worded way. Good job, Brent). At the moment, all I want to say is that speeding PG development's on my mind, but I don't have any answers.