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"Open-source databases, including MySQL and PostgreSQL, are marching into the enterprise via their inclusion in major Linux distributions, which are quickly growing in usage on middle-tier servers and back-end clusters. Beyond Linux distributions, such as Red Hat and SuSE, open-source databases are now also being bundled with Sun Microsystems. LX50 and Solaris 9 operating systems. In addition, Apple has begun shipping MySQL with its Mac OS X Server software. Apple customers can also install PostgreSQL on the platform.

"As open-source database usage increases, two questions arise. First, how can enterprises effectively utilise open-source databases to gain a competitive advantage? And second, how will open-source databases affect the database marketplace...?"

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