eWeek: Choosing an Open-Source Database
Jan 13, 2004, 19:00 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa Vaas)
"In terms of media coverage, open-source databases are having
their day in the sun. The most recent tidbit: While the 500+
respondents to Evans Data Corp.'s recent Database Development
Survey report that Microsoft's SQL Server and Access still
predominate, MySQL usage by the group surveyed is growing as fast
as dandelions in the spring. The survey showed that respondents'
use of the open-source database grew more than 30 percent last
year, compared with a much more modest 6 percent growth in the use
of the two Microsoft databases. With LinuxWorld just around the
corner, there's only going to be more hubbub around open-source
databases--particularly given that practically all the big database
and database tool vendors will be there, including IBM, Oracle,
Microsoft, BMC and Computer Associates.
"Given all the excitement around open-source databases, now is a
good time to take a look at which of the two most popular
options--MySQL and PostgreSQL--is a 'better' choice. Of course,
there's no quicker way to get third-degree burns from a flame war
than to imply that one database is 'best.' Each has their own set
of devotees, and both groups are vocal and devoted, and both can
give ample reasons why their choice is the right choice..."