This article maintains that the
new Great Bridge PostgresSQL release, made yesterday, is priced
to counter Red Hat's recent move into the database business with
its own Postgres offering... a move conceived after Postgres turned
down an earlier partnership offer.
"The new pricing comes shortly after Red Hat, the top
seller of the Linux operating system and a powerhouse in the world
of open-source software, announced its own entry into the database
market. Red Hat approached Great Bridge as a potential business
partner, but Great Bridge didn't like the terms of the deal, and
now the two companies are competitors.
The pricing change is a dramatic shift for Great Bridge, a
subsidiary of Landmark Communications. Previously, the company had
emphasized support packages costing thousands of dollars per year
while suggesting that free, downloadable versions of the company's
software--sans support--would suffice for those wanting to simply
get their feet wet."