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32BitsOnline: Academic's Tool Grows Up - PostgreSQL

Dec 02, 1999, 15:25 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Corey Huinker)

"Long before the Open Source Software media frenzy, back when the big Unix-on-PC thing was Minix, a project was started to experiment with relational database functionality. As the market for databases on Unix grew, PostgreSQL (then called Postgres and later Postgres 95) quietly churned along, adding functionality in areas of interest to its core users - the graduate student set. This hurt Postgres in the marketplace (if such a term as 'marketplace' can be applied to free products), where other database products with more mundane functionality took the spotlight."

"With the recent surge in popularity of Linux, and Open Source projects in general, Postgres received an influx of new developers and users, with demands for more mainstream functionality. The pace of development accelerated. I wanted to do this review several months ago, but several Postgres backers urged me to hold off until after the 6.5 release. They were right; it was worth the wait."

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