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Red Hat’s Spacewalk floats over to PostgreSQLMatthew Aslett, September 2, 2008 @ 11:21 am ET
Other than the progress in attracting participants and patches, the interesting news is that PostgreSQL support is being added after being demanded by the community. The roadmap confirms that work on support for PostgreSQL is scheduled to begin in mid-October.
The Path to PostgreSQL page, meanwhile, indicates that the idea will enable Red Hat to decrease or remove Spacewalk’s dependency on Oracle.
Oracle is likely to remain an option, while it has been suggested that the Oracle-specific code could be extracted and maintained at Red Hat, which would also make some commercial sense in terms of driving subscription adoption.
Of course database migrations are a complex and costly project to undertake, so the addition of PostgreSQL support could also provide an interesting insight into what it takes to migrate from Oracle to PostgreSQL. All the nitty gritty details are available here.
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