In all the media excitement over the week's two database deals, Oracle buying BEA Systems and Sun buying mySQL there's a name we're forgetting.
PostgreSQL keeps on keepin' on, getting bugs fixed, upgrading its security, and integrating those fixes with major Linux distributions.
PostgreSQL sports a BSD license and has always been considered the more "enterprise-ready" of the open source database systems. It scales especially well for online transaction processing (OLTP) environments.
The best known commercial implementation, Ingres, has a checkered history which has returned it to its open source roots.
The folks at PostgreSQL maintain their own blog about the software, and Version 8.3 is just around the corner.
It's good software, with a lot of users. You might think of it as the John Edwards of database programs. But this isn't politics. PostgreSQL is always available for selection.