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One in, one out for Sun’s PostgreSQL teamMatthew Aslett, July 21, 2008 @ 5:41 am ET
Ever since Sun acquired MySQL the rumours have been rife that Josh Berkus, PostgreSQL core team member and Sun’s PostgreSQL lead, would soon be heading out the door.
Josh has now confirmed that he is indeed leaving Sun, but before the doomsayers start writing of Sun’s PostgreSQL support business completely, Josh also notes that Peter Eisentraut is joining the team as PostgreSQL software engineer. Peter has also confirmed his new role.
From the MySQL team, Kaj Arno does the hellos and goodbyes. Losing Josh is significant for Sun’s role in the PostgreSQL community but the quick appointment of Peter indicates that PostgreSQL still has a role to play at the company.
I certainly think there is room for both PostgreSQL and MySQL (and indeed JavaDB) at Sun, although I have been somewhat surprised that the company hasn’t yet come out and made a case for working with both databases and explaining their respective strengths and weaknesses. The details are there if you want to find them, but you have to be prepared to do a bit of digging.
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