and some from slashdot:
I am really curious about how this idea will work out...
I will be a bit surprised if this product succeeds. In my
experience, companies large enough to have an IT department
that insists on using supported software will want to use Oracle
for the "no-one ever got fired for recommending this" factor. And
those who get Open Source will be put off by the lack of a free
(unsupported) download. Though I'm sure it's quite legal;
Postgres is not GPL'd, and the UC Regents (who hold the
copyright) can approve this sort of thing if they want to.
I did find it amusing that the press release does not contain a
link to http://www.postgresql.org - guess they don't want people
to know you can get it for free over there! :)
This story seems to be liked by the press. This time they posted
a link to Postgresql.org.
It wouldn't be too clever to not have a free download of Red Hat
DB. I am sure they will put one up as soon as they are done with
the maketing hype.
Does anyone know about the licence modell of RHDB?
This does seem to be an extraordinarily stupid thing for RedHat
to be doing. Not only are they (apparently) trying to pretend that
Postgres is their proprietary database, but they have officially
distanced themselves from Oracle, allowing Suse to become the
certified Linux platform for 9i. Although I can fully understand not
wanting to have to deal with Larry Ellison :), this strikes me as A
Bad Idea if they want to be taken seriously by Corporate America.
Essentially, you _could_ get every piece that made up the enterprise edition, free for the downloading.
But you'd have to go through a great deal of pain to download all the pieces and set it up properly. And even then, you wouldn't get their "enhanced" support level. Whatever that entailed...
I have no idea what happened between them & Oracle. But clearly the relationship is ice cold.
I'm not sure what they are doing with this new DB play. It looks like GreatBridge rebuffed their advance, which obviously put a kink in their strategy. Perhaps even _they_ haven't fully sorted out how this will work.
I cannot believe they'd do anything as silly as put out a "proprietary" package. But.... I've been wrong before.