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CNET Red Hat rival shifts pricing plan

Jul 10, 2001, 22:55 (1 Talkback[s])
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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."

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