"The roller coaster announcements coming from Oracle
and Sun this week have a number of people questioning the fate of
MySQL. While the GPL'd database probably isn't going anyplace soon,
now might be a good time to remind yourself that alternatives to
MySQL do exist. And that some, in the case of PostgreSQL, are
"With the beta version of PostgreSQL 8.4 just announced, testers
are already downloading and trying out some of the newest features.
As with every new release of PostgreSQL, there are performance
improvements that you should be aware of, as well as new and useful
configuration parameters available that will make your system
administrator's life easier. Let's dive in.
"If you've never used PostgreSQL before, now is a great time to
try it out. PostgreSQL is a powerful, open source object-relational
database system with more than than 15 years of active development.
PostgreSQL is also known as 'Postgres', and will be referred to by
that nickname for the rest of the article."