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ComputerWorld: Open Source Databases Bloom

Sep 10, 2001, 20:05 (8 Talkback[s])

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"Databases were once the forgotten stepchild of the open-source family. Companies like Red Hat Inc. included database software with their Linux distribution disks, but the main focus was on the operating system, the kernel and the graphical interface. A database was just another add-on, like a Minesweeper clone. But now, companies and users are scrambling to realize the value locked up in quality, open-source database software.

The two major open-source databases are MySQL, a lightning-quick database with roots in Sweden, and PostgreSQL, the latest version of a venerable database project (Postgres) that began at the University of California, Berkeley. Both are common programs that are installed on many servers and are often included free with other packages and distributions. Other versions and cousins exist for different markets. Lincoln, Mass.-based Sleepycat Software Inc., for instance, builds and maintains a small database, which it calls Berkeley DB, for embedded systems.

...Finding high-profile open-source database users isn't hard. Many Web sites, including Yahoo and Slashdot, depend upon open-source databases like MySQL to store articles and comments. Many companies that provide shared servers now offer MySQL databases as an inexpensive option, practically guaranteeing that many low-budget Web sites depend upon the tools."

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