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Speaker Interview: Devrim Gündüz

What is old in PostgreSQL 11?   Wednesday 15:00   New York

Twitter: @DevrimGunduz Blog: LinkedIn: devrimgunduz Facebook: DevrimGunduzTR Company website:

Could you briefly introduce yourself?

I’m a long-time PostgreSQL, Red Hat, Fedora contributor, and also working on some more open source projects. Started using PostgreSQL in 1998, so this is my 20th year, and very proud to be in this great community. Currently working for the development team at EnterpriseDB.

How do you engage with the PostgreSQL Community?

I’m responsible for the community RPM packaging for Red Hat, CentOS, Fedora and SLES. I also spend some time for other small projects for the community as well.

Have you enjoyed previous or FOSDEM conferences, either as attendee or as speaker?

Yes. I think this is my 8th PGConf.EU, and I also attended FOSDEM a few times. I was a speaker or attendee, and enjoyed every bit.

What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic?

While thinking of what to submit to PGConf.EU as a new talk, I came up with the idea that we always mention about the new features, but never mentioned about the obsoleted features. This is something that we never mentioned in a talk, so a bit challenging for me :-)

What is the audience for your talk?

PostgreSQL users who want to migrate from older versions to 11 is the main target, along with the people who will switch to PostgreSQL from other databases, and see what we changed in the recent years.

What existing knowledge should the attendee have?

Attending the previous talk (Magnus’ talk on the new features) would be awesome :)

What is the one feature in PostgreSQL 11 which you like most?

Hard to pick up one, but I’d say the improved parallelism is looking very good.

Which other talk at this year’s conference would you like to see?

Given that I have seen some of the talks at least this year, I will skip them. My first pick is definitely Magnus’ talk, so that I can catch every bit from him again and continue from there for my talk. I also would attend these:

Unfortunately, there are also some more awesome talks that conflict with other awesome talks, so I’ll flip the coin there.