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InfoWorld: A Database Query

Mar 18, 2003, 18:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell C. Pavlicek)

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"One of the more common queries I hear is, 'What database should I use under Linux?' That is actually a pleasantly difficult question, because there are a number of choices that depend on what you want to do.

"If you are looking for a large commercial database such as Oracle or DB2 to run on Linux, the solution may be just to run Oracle or DB2. Many of the most prominent commercial databases established a presence in the Linux world years ago, so you can often stay with your current database vendor under Linux if you wish to.

"But if you are looking for open-source alternatives, there are several. One of the most visible options is MySQL ( Unlike most commercial databases, MySQL is less concerned with having every possible feature and more concerned with maximizing speed. As a result, some database administrators make the mistake of thinking MySQL is a 'toy' because it currently does not have support for stored procedures, triggers, and views..."

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