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Michael Brewer wrote:
Greetings, all! Several things to report to the community:
- I am pleased to announce that Mark Wong was appointed to the board earlier this summer and has accepted the role of Treasurer of the United States PostgreSQL Association (PgUS). Congratulations, Mark!
- PgUS has increased its focus in providing more support for local user groups and conferences; just in the past few months, we have provided financial support to BarcampCHS in Charleston, SC and co-sponsored PG Day 2011 in Denver, CO. This is an exciting way for us to help the Postgres community at the local level; please contact the PgUS board if you have an event for which you could use our assistance.
- To assist this focus (and to make membership more like SPI), PgUS has changed its membership policies to make them simpler and more community orientated. We have reduced the membership fees to $25 per year (professional) or $10 per year (student), and these fees may be waived by application to the PgUS membership committee by showing PostgreSQL community participation (coding, user groups, doc review, moderation, staffing booths, etc.).
Yes folks, PgUS is actually still functioning. Over the past few months, we have sponsored the PostgreSQL efforts at MySQLCon, NYCPUG and are also sponsoring the upcoming PgDay at OSCON in July. Further we are working to setup a PgDay in Denver and have started discussions for Austin.
10/20/2010, Jim Mlodgenski spoke about GridSQL to the NYCPug. There were 14 community members present. Mason Sharp says, "The user group is getting nice momentum, with about that same amount of people the last 3 or so meetings, with different people going, not all of the same ones. I like the fact that many of these people are really enthusiastic that there is such a group now in NYC." It is great that NYC is taking off and PgUS is happy to sponsor another PostgreSQL User Group.
The PgUS Board is currently tapped on time resources and is looking for someone to help us migrate our Drupal 5 instance to Drupal 6 on our new virtual machine. We are of course running Linux on both although we will be migrating from CentOS to Debian or Ubuntu. The site is not large but does make use of views and UberCart. We are willing to pay someone to perform this service for us. If you are interested please email jd - @ - postgresql.us with interest, questions and estimate.
The San Francisco PostgreSQL User Group is hosting a PostgreSQL 9.0 Pre-Release party on September 17th. RSVP and details are here. United States PostgreSQL is proud to be one of the financial sponsors of this event. SFPUG was the first of the User Groups to take us up on our Financial Sponsorship program and we hope many more will follow.
We are pleased to announce that the PgUS Board has decided to sponsor PGXN. For those who don't know what PGXN is, from the website:
PGXN, the PostgreSQL Extension network, is a central distribution system for open-source PostgreSQL extension libraries. In its first iteration it will consist of four basic parts:
An upload and distribution infrastructure for extension developers. A centralized index and API of distribution metadata. A website for searching extensions and perusing their documentation. A command-line client for downloading, testing, and installing extensions.
As the United States PostgreSQL Association continues to grow we are extending the services we provide to our members and the PostgreSQL.Org community in the United States. I am pleased to announce that we have budgeted for 4000.00 USD to be provided to United States based PostgreSQL User Groups from September 2010 through December 2010.
Specifically the United States PostgreSQL Association is providing a lump sum pool of 1000.00 USD per month to PostgreSQL User Groups in the United States. This is a trial and will be available from September 2010 through December 2010 after which point it will be reviewed for further applicability.
In order to qualify for financial support the following must apply:
If you are seeking reimbursement, email treasurer <at> postgresql.us.
The expenses can be for just about anything as long as it is in support of the User Group.
After performing perfunctory commercial duties by teaching a class in Seattle on the 9th, I was given the honor to providing the first talk at SeaPug. As mentioned previously the talk was titled Dumb Simple PostgreSQL Performance and is the talk I have given half a dozen times at various groups in the PNW over the last three months. I am excited to see the Seattle group launch. The first meeting had 14 people (including myself). If you are in the Seattle area and would like to attend SeaPug, point yourself over to their website.
Last West, a sign up sheet was sent out for people who were interested in starting a Seattle PostgreSQL group. I am please to say that this group has started. Their first meeting is February 9th, 2010. I have the honor of being their first speaker. I will be speaking on Dumb Simple PostgreSQL Performance, which is the same talk I have been giving at various user groups around Seattle (Python, Django, Perl). You can check out there website here.
Continuing our efforts in reaching out to tertiary communities, I will be giving my Dumb Simple PostgreSQL Performance talk at SPUG on the 19th. If you are in Seattle you should stop by. Here are the details:
If you are so inclined, please come to the pre-meeting at the nearby Elephant & Castle pub on 5th & Union (see map below). We'll be there from 5:00 pm to 6:19 pm.
520 Pike Street, Suite 1800
Seattle, WA 98101