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NewsFactor: Battle of the Open Source Databases

Jan 18, 2003, 01:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

"2003 promises to be a big year for open source products. Linux is poised to keep capturing market share in the server and desktop markets, and Apache undoubtably will remain champion of the Web server sector. Will this year be good to open source databases as well?

"Although there are a few open source relational database management systems available these days, two names always come to the forefront: MySQL and PostgreSQL. Of these two leading contenders, is one right for your company? If so, which one?

"The MySQL (pronounced 'my-ess-que-elle,' not 'my-sequel') database has grown by leaps and bounds over the last two years in terms of features. Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL AB, told NewsFactor that his company has been very busy. 'We have constantly added new features to the product without compromising our two top ambitions: speed and reliability,' he said. 'In the last few years, we have added or enhanced the SQL functionality, full transaction support, a JDBC driver, an ODBC driver, replication [and] backup...'"

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