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CNET.com: Red Hat sought help in database plan

Jun 23, 2001, 19:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

Stephen Shankland confirms that the new Red Hat database product will indeed be based on PostgreSQL. We don't want to flame the database wars, but mySQL fans may want to note how the commercial types in the open-source world are seemingly coalescing around PostgreSQL:

"Though Red Hat declined to comment on which open-source project the Red Hat Database uses, Aberdeen Group analyst Bill Claybrook said Red Hat told him it was PostgreSQL, and several sources confirmed the plan."

"When compared to the next most popular open-source database software, MySQL, 'PostgreSQL is the winner, hands-down,' Claybrook said. 'It's a very mature database-management system. In many ways it compares favorably with Oracle.'

"Bruce Momjian, a Great Bridge employee and one of the six core PostgreSQL developers, also was optimistic. Red Hat's help with the PostgreSQL effort would mean 'they're going to put some major resources into PostgreSQL development,' he said. The company, which ships barer-bones versions of PostgreSQL and MySQL along with its current Linux product, already has sought some improvements to PostgreSQL."

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