[development] So why we do support postgresql?

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Sun Jan 20 00:10:35 UTC 2008

On Jan 19, 2008 6:39 PM, Andrew Fountain <af at loveintruth.com> wrote:

> It is the other way around: Cutler supported the *minority* platform
> because it would keep the code "honest" and not allow them to start relying
> on Intel-only hacks.

Yes, that is a worthy cause, but there are differences:

- This is open source, not a commercial entity with lots of funding. People
scratch their OWN itch. Someone else can scratch another itch. If, as a
consultant, I deploy Drupal on MySQL exclusively, should I use PostgreSQL
in-house just to side with the minority, or focus the limited resources I
have on what matters to clients?

- There was a third architecture that Windows NT supported: DEC Alpha,
strangely enough from the company that Cutler came from where he designed
VMS. All of the non-Intel architectures died after a very short life span,
never mind the good intentions and idealism.

Side point:

Sun Microsystems invested heavily in PostgreSQL 2 or so years ago, and
provided support for it.
Now they turned around and bought MySQL for $1B. PostgreSQL is not a company
that can be bought, but a community project/product (like Drupal).

What will happen next? Time will tell.
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