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Guest Blog: Rares Aioanei – Weekly Review of PostgreSQL with openSUSE Flavor

July 3rd, 2010 by

Hello, everyone, and welcome to this week’s PostgreSQL News, issue 130!

-Josh Berkus made an official announcement related to 7.4 and 8.0 becoming EOS (End-Of-Support) : “The next bugfix or security update release for PostgreSQL versions 7.4 and 8.0 will be the last updates for those versions. This is in accord with the PostgreSQL Release Support Policy announced in December. We urge users still using 7.4 or 8.0 in production to begin planning migration to newer versions immediately.

Version 8.1 will stop being updated in November, so users of version 8.1 should be planning an upgrade this year.

While we regret the inconvenience to some PostgreSQL users, the community has limited resources and time spend maintaining old versions of PostgreSQL reduces the time we have to develop new features.  Users who are unable to upgrade their PostgreSQL installations will need to make their own plans for backporting patches, possibly with the help of a commercial PostgreSQL support provider.”

-Steve Singer announced the release of Slony-I 2.0.4 , which introduces  some fixes to issues introduced by 2.0.3 . http://www.slony.info is the address you need :)

-Josh Berkus wrote on hackers@, proposing that the release date of beta3 will be July the 8th, in order to give American contributors enough time to recover after their national holiday. After discussions and oppinion exchanges, we should expect the release of the 3rd beta in the first half of July.

-In Planet PostgreSQL we have Bruce Momijan talking about PostgreSQL 9.0 Illustrated, which is a easier way to understand what to expect in the new release, so if you feel confused by the release notes, use this link : http://wiki.postgresql.org/wiki/Illustrated_9_0

-Leo Hsu and Regina Obe talk about importing data into PostgreSQL using OpenOffice Base 3.2; look it up here : http://www.postgresonline.com/journal/index.php?/archives/167-Importing-data-into PostgreSQL-using-Open-Office-Base-3.2.html#extended .  Since the authors’ native tongue isn’t English, you may encounter some language-related flaws, but other than that, it’s an article worth reading. :)

-Finally, we try to summarise the PostgreSQL Weekly News (the official news, that is) :

-This week sees the release of Benetl v3.5, an ETL tool for files using PostgreSQL.
-Muldis-D 0.130.0, a specification for an object-relational language intended to run atop, among other systems, PostgreSQL, is released.
-Except these news, and the ones we’ve already talked about, this week is again kinda poor in news. For the usual list of patches, accepted, rejected and pending, check the weekly news.

That’s it for me, see you next week with hopefully more interesting news!

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