"Five years ago, open source databases were not on most IT
professionals' radar but today they are making enough blips to keep
a full staff of flight controllers busy."
"With the growing demand for quick, cheap development of
enterprise applications on the Internet, companies are deciding to
give open source databases a chance. Open source databases bring
great cost benefits to companies and the opportunity for IT
professionals to modify the software themselves. Developers from
such far-flung companies as Scandinavia-based MySQL to NuSphere in
Bedford, Mass., say open source databases are about to see their
"The popularity of the Linux operating system, also built on
open source code, has been a major driving force in attracting IT
professionals to open source databases. So has businesses' desire
to keep costs low. Many users say they are frustrated with paying
for unnecessary features in commercial packages. Open source
databases and Linux make an attractive combination for users who
are tired of paying for unnecessary features from major proprietary
database and operating system vendors."
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