Subject: Re: "I've got more programmers than you"
From: Ben Laurie <>
Date: Wed, 03 Oct 2001 15:50:46 +0100

"Stephen J. Turnbull" wrote:
> >>>>> "dblankley" == dblankley  <> writes:
>     >> Free industrial-strength RDBMS?  Just forget it.  Nobody can
>     >> afford do the kind of exhaustive QC such a beast needs for
>     >> free.  Yes, I know about PostgreSQL and like it a lot, but it
>     >> will never catch up with Oracle, Sybase, Informix, etc. 'cause
>     >> the project doesn't (and a crisp $20 says it won't so long as
>     >> it's Free) have those kind of resources available.
>     dblankley> Couldn't the same argument can be made about OS,
>     dblankley> desktop or web-server???
> No, probably, no.
> The differences are Prob{X has development skills|X is user} and
> (especially for the kernel) the low degree to which specifications are
> determined by that notoriously chancy entity, the human user.
> Ie, kernels can make a deal with app software: you play by my rules,
> and I will never ever crash.

No kernel worth the name makes any such deal! The deal is "you do what
you like, and I won't crash".




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