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IT-Director: MySQL Moves Forward

May 08, 2003, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Howard)

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"In case you missed it, MySQL held its first user conference just before Easter. MySQL is, of course, the developer of the eponymous Open Source relational database.

"How significant is MySQL? Well, it depends how you read the figures. According to the company, 29,000 copies of the database are downloaded every day and there are 4 million installations worldwide. However, most of these will be just 'suck it and see' users.

"More useful would be a figure for the number of users paying support fees. Not that MySQL is limited to the traditional Open Source model of free downloads and support charging: it also sells the software directly to other software vendors. Hyperion, for example, uses the product as an embedded database..."

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