End of support for old PostgreSQL versions
The PostgreSQL Global Development Group, which is responsible for the development of the free database system, has announced that the next bug fix release or security update for versions 7.4 and 8.0 of PostgreSQL will be the last for these two versions.
The PostgreSQL developers therefore recommend that users still running these versions start to plan migrating to newer versions immediately. PostgreSQL 8.1 will also stop being updated in November and the users of this version have been advised to upgrade to a current release before the end of the year.
The announcement by the database developers is in keeping with the Release Support Policy published in December 2009. The most current version is PostgreSQL 8.4.4, which was released in mid-May. Developers are currently also working on version 9.0, of which they presented a beta version in early May.
PostgreSQL is an open-source Object-Relational DBMS supporting almost all SQL constructs. The PostgreSQL development team includes employees of Red Hat, F-Secure and EnterpriseDB. PostgreSQL is released under the PostgreSQL License, a liberal Open Source licence, similar to the BSD or MIT licences.