Second beta of PostgreSQL 8.4 released
The second beta of version 8.4 of PostgreSQL, the free object-relational database system, developed under the umbrella of the PostgreSQL Global Development Group, has been released. Compared to the previous beta released in mid-April, the second beta includes over 20 changes. To improve the usability of
pg_standby, the developers have changed the API and have added "fast" and "smart" mode switches to the utility. Other improvements have been made to
PL/pgSQL and encoding and collation handling.
The beta-testing phase for a new version usually lasts six weeks, but may vary depending on whether significant bugs are discovered. The developers are asking users to thoroughly test and report any problems they discover in the release and to compare performance to previous versions.
Development of this free, object-relational database system began in the 1980s and it was given its present name in 1996. The project uses the BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution) licence. The system runs under Linux, Unix and Windows and the current stable release is PostgreSQL 8.3.7.