In the post, Josh Berkus makes the assertion, "50% of PGX's active clients have either already converted to 9.0 replication or have scheduled a conversion with us".
I have no doubts of Josh's statement but it brings up an interesting point when arguing about features in PostgreSQL. Josh's response was in regards to a point made by Tom Lane that only a minority of our users are going to want replication. At this point people are going, "What? Of course we want replication!!!!" but you know what? You don't.
Yes, Command Prompt customers want replication. Yes, PostgreSQL Experts, EntepriseDB and OmniTI customers want replication. However, customers are *not* users. At least not in the community sense and the users in the community, the far majority of them do not need or want replication. A daily backup is more than enough for them.
I think we are going to see an increase in the disparity between customers and users as time goes on. I for example, do not see a real benefit to the 9.0 replication features. That is not to disparage the very hard work that the community members put in, just that we have already defined solutions to solve that problem, years ago. Solutions that work very well. I am more excited about things like SQL/med or PL/psm support.
I am now completely off the above topic because I just got this in my email:
Canonical shook the Linux world yesterday when it announced that the next version of Ubuntu -- "Natty Narwhal," or version 11.04 -- will no longer use the GNOME interface by default. Instead, Natty will feature Unity, the multitouch and 3D-enabled interface that made its debut earlier this month in the distribution's netbook edition of Maverick Meerkat, or Ubuntu 10.10.
I just started using Unity on my notebook. It is quite nice and quite a bit less clunky than default Gnome but... WOW!
Not only do we have more attendees coming to West than we did East, we have more content than we did at East. It seems that with every 6 months comes a new milestone for the series. PgWest 2010 has 3 full days, 53 speakers and 61 sessions. To top that off, PgEast 2011, is setting up to be 4 full days with an expectation of at least 30% more content and as much as 50% more attendees.
Now that West is upon us in just a short while, I am beginning to think about East. What can we do for East to make it even larger? Another 50% attendance would be a huge win. I do know that East will be a 4 day conference, with full day trainings the first day. I am considering pushing the tutorials to the last day, so the two days in the middle would be sessions. Anyway, now is the time to register for West if you haven't yet.
We have also added a full day training on the 5th. The training, is a repeat of the very successful Mastering PostgreSQL Administration held at PostgreSQL Conference East 2010. It being taught by PostgreSQL.org Core team member, Bruce Momjian. You can register for the class at Platinum Sponsor EnterpriseDB's website.
I also know that programmers who don't really know anything about databases have been trying to "fix" them for decades only to eventually come back to earth and realize our way is the best way (thus why all your decent ORMs now support natural keys). Redis has a lot of momentum. I look forward to seeing what they have to offer.
One of the talks that was just finalized today is, Deployment Best Practices. This is a great beginner talk. What I like about this talk is that is is from a tried and true, in the trenches company that has been using PostgreSQL since the 6.x days. That company is SourceForge, the Big Papa of Open Source and Free Software project hosting.
Please join us November 2nd - 4th at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in sunny San Francisco for three days of networking, education, geeks, food and fun!
And of course, thank you to our sponsors:
The change lead to the removal of all of my vital organs except my heart. The community informed me that I was able to keep my heart because they wanted me to feel the sorrow and anguish they felt when they saw the changes I made.
Anyway, thanks to Magnus and a full day of hacking and bashing by myself, we now have a much better front end to the schedule. Now, if you all wouldn't be too shy to register that would be great. Thanks!
Of course this also coincides with the recent Alpha release of the driver which can be forked or pulled from its github home..
If you are up for it, you could also talk to Aurynn in person about the project either on irc in #postgresql or at PostgreSQL Conference West 2010.
This talk aims to solve the performance (and maintenance) problems most associated with a default install of PostgreSQL. The depth of the talk is limited and is designed specifically for people who are *not* database people, e.g; Web Developers and System Administrators.
The week after I will be headed to Boston to attend OpenSQL Camp 2010 where I will be giving the same talk. Hope to see some community there!