Joshua D. Drake wrote: > On Tue, 2006-12-19 at 22:04 -0500, Tom Lane wrote: > > "Joshua D. Drake" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes: > > >> I remember the president of Great Bridge > > >> saying that the company needs the community, but not visa-vera --- if > > >> the company dies, the community keeps going (as it did after Great > > >> Bridge, without a hickup), but if the community dies, the company dies > > >> too. > > > > > I 95% agree here. If EDB or CMD were go to down in flames, it could hurt > > > the community quite a bit. > > > > Josh, I hate to burst your bubble, but Great Bridge employed a much > > larger fraction of the hacker-community-at-the-time than either EDB or > > CMD do today. We survived that, and if EDB or CMD or Greenplum or the > > entire lot went down tomorrow, we'd survive that too. > > I never once suggested that the community would not survive. I said it > would hurt productivity for "n" amount of time. > > Let's just be realistic here: > > In one fails swoop: > > Devrim, Alvaro, Darcy, Heikki, Bruce, Simon, Greg, Dave, Marc and I are > all suddenly looking for employment... > > You don't think there would be an issue that could cause some grief to > the community? Is it surmountable? Of course, that isn't the point. The > point is that it is not painless.
Yes, that does seem painful. I would hope than any vibrant open source community would have other companies who would have new jobs for many of these individuals, but I also hope some could continue as volunteers if they don't get sponsored jobs. I know when Great Bridge closed, most of the community people had new jobs almost immediately. -- Bruce Momjian [EMAIL PROTECTED] EnterpriseDB http://www.enterprisedb.com + If your life is a hard drive, Christ can be your backup. + ---------------------------(end of broadcast)--------------------------- TIP 9: In versions below 8.0, the planner will ignore your desire to choose an index scan if your joining column's datatypes do not match