GNU Health Federation message and authentication server drops MongoDB and adopts PostgreSQL

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Just after RedHat announced its plans to drop MongoDB from its Satellite system management solution because of it being licensed under SSPL, GNU has followed suit. Earlier this week, GNU announced its plans move its GNU Health Federation message and authentication server –Thalamus– from MongoDB to PostgreSQL.

As listed on the post, the main reason for this switch is because MongoDB decided to change the license of the server to their Server Side Public License (SSPL). Because of this decision, many GNU/ Linux distributions are no longer including the Mongodb server. In addition to these reasons, GNU expresses their concerns that even the organizations like the OSI and Free Software Foundation are showing their reluctance to accept this idea. Adding to this hesitation of accepting the license; rejection from a large part of the Libre software community and the immediate end of support from GPL versions of MongoDB has lead to the adoption of PostgreSQL for Thalamus.

Dr. Luis Falcon, President of GNU Solidario says that one of the many reasons for choosing PostgreSQL was its JSON(B) support that  provides the flexibility and scalability found in document oriented engines. The upcoming thalamus server will be designed to support PostgreSQL. To stay updated with further progress on this announcement, head over to the GNU blog.

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