The database industry is getting way too action packed for my blood.
First we had Sun buying MySQL, then Oracle buying Sun (thus inheriting MySQL and Java)
(recall they already owned
InnoDb (the MySQL main transactional engine) and they also by the way own BerkelyDB
which is the database engine underlying Subversion repository
and they also own all those CRMS and ERPs (Peoplesoft and Seibel),
and now we have IBM integrating EnterpriseDb into their DB so that it can look like Oracle Db.
What next? Perhaps Microsoft will join the party
to integrate EnterpriseDb into their SQL Server offering so SQL Server can look like Oracle and better yet a SQL Server for Linux/Unix to complete the circle.
Today was a very eventful day for PostgreSQL. We'll cover these changes in a bit.
Massive Forking of PostgreSQL project
First in PostgreSQL Announcements - David Fetter announces massive forking of the PostgreSQL project
in several factions. We now have the following -- so take your pick:
Shizzle: High-performance and Feature-Free
MaryMary: Compiled with libhaltingproblem
Narcona: Painless installation and setup
OurThing: Lots of sources, based in Sicily
XPostgres: Everybody who's ever worked on Postgres code, back to UC Berkeley and Illustra.
Moon/PostgreSQL: Corporate support, as long as it lasts.
I feel this may be good for the community
because it is hard to satisfy all these factions in one project. Now perhaps the newsgroups will be a bit calmer.
PgAdmin has come to an end -- make way for OpenPgAdmin
Dave Page announced today that the PgAdmin team received an offer they couldn't refuse from a very
big software company yet to be announced. So they are closing PgAdmin and you will soon be able to purchase
the services and support contracts from this new company.
Not to worry, Devrim Gunduz, has forked PgAdmin to form OpenPgAdmin. You can
check out the site here http://openpgadmin.info.
I must say as much as we are saddened to see the PgAdmin group leave for more fun escapades, We are happy we finally have an administration tool that has the word Open in its name.
If it starts with Open, its got to be open. Now all we need is an OpenPost PostgreSQL fork to go with it. OpenPost I think
will be easier to pronounce than PostgreSQL and Postgres and it has Open in its name.
So to add to the list of PostgreSQL project forks, I would like to see another project fork
OpenPost: Its free, open source, fast, feature-rich, easy to use and best of all you can pronounce it and its open.