[oclug] Open Source Databases
Brian's Linux Box
b_mckee at myrealbox.com
Mon Apr 5 13:39:46 EDT 2004
On Monday, April 5, 2004, at 12:15 PM, Kevin Li wrote:
> 2. Why is MySQL so popular given it's lack of key enterprise database
> and hence why isn't PostgreSQL as popular given it's enterprise
I think there is a lot of chicken-and-egg here. There are prebuilt
tested binarys for every distro
I've seen etc. When I started looking at various web related projects
they often were built
using mySQL so I had to install it. Then when it came time for me to
build my own web stuff
using a database backend - mySQL was already there, working and I had
familiarity with it, so... After all the popular acronym is LAMP not
I've never heard anyone say Postgres isn't a good solution.
> 4. Can the Open Source databases of today (MySQL, PostgreSQL,
> Firebird, etc)
> ever give challenge to Oracle for the enterprise market?
As far as mySQL goes, that would be against it's founding principle.
It wasn't designed to be an 'enterprise' database ala Oracle/DB2 etc,
it was designed to be a fast and lightweight alternative.
While I'm sure the mySQL people want it used as much as possible,
those are two different markets and it's not [likely] possible to both
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