Monday, 21 July 2008

PostgreSQL: Goodbye Josh, welcome Peter

PostgreSQL logoI usually haven't been posting much about PostgreSQL even after joining Sun, so if I do, it must be something special.

And it is. Josh Berkus is leaving Sun, and Peter Eisentraut is joining.

Josh says:
After two years as Sun's PostgreSQL Lead, I'm leaving to pursue other opportunities. This does not mean that Sun is dropping PostgreSQL; far from it. Instead my fellow core team member Peter Eisentraut is taking over my role leading the PostgreSQL team at Sun. With Peter's experience in Oracle migrations and location near major Sun PostgreSQL customers, as well as many years leading the international team of translators for PostgreSQL documentation, he's going to do a great job with Sun's PostgreSQL development team. Probably better than me.

Peter says:
On July 22nd, 2008, I will be joining Sun Microsystems as PostgreSQL software engineer. Sun has been a valuable contributor to the PostgreSQL project for a number of years now, and I am looking forward to joining them in this effort. I am glad that I will be able to continue my personal role in the PostgreSQL project with the support of the great resources that Sun provides.

So, I expect that I will have more time to contribute to PostgreSQL development from now on, and both Sun and I have a sizeable backlog of projects and ideas that we would like to realize. Time to get started!

Over the years. I've met several times with both Josh and Peter. I'm sorry to see Josh go, but I have a feeling he won't disappear from the FOSS database circles -- so we'll meet again! And I'm happy to get to work closer with Peter, whom I've just met a couple of times at German or French FOSS database events. And I heard Peter is evening me out in the balance of people moving between Germany and Finland, so let's see where we'll see each other next.


1 comment:

  1. Of course, as Sun's PostgreSQL engineering and business manager, I would have liked to see both Josh and Peter, here at Sun, working together to expand our business. However, we all know that "change" itself is the real name of our business. Josh made very important contributions in driving Sun's PostgreSQL efforts and building up Sun's PostgreSQL team. He will be missed. In the meantime, I'm delighted to see Peter joined Sun. Peter is very well-respected in the open-source community, has been an active contributor to the PostgreSQL community. With Peter at Sun, I'm confident we can continue to drive and expand our PostgreSQL business. Besides, Josh is well-connected at Sun, and those who know him at Sun will remain in touch with him as a friend and as an exemplary PostgreSQL community leader.