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ZDNet Australia: Database Wars: Open source versus Commercial

Mar 18, 2002, 23:28 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Lowe)

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"For most companies, cost will be a major determining factor in the selection of a database. On the commercial side, the low end of the price range includes desktop database products such as Microsoft Access and FileMaker Pro, which we won't cover in this article. On the high end of the price range, and offering more robust features, are the big names such as Oracle and IBM's DB2. Microsoft?s SQL Server falls somewhere in the middle.

"The open source side offers some surprisingly attractive choices?surprising in the sense that they are mostly full-featured RDBMS systems available either for free or at a low cost. MySQL and PostgreSQL are the most prominent of these database platforms..."

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