Linked by snydeq on Thu 21st May 2009 22:55 UTC
Databases Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister questions the effect recent developments in the MySQL community will have on MySQL's future in the wake of Oracle's acquisition of Sun. Even before Oracle announced its buyout, there were signs of strain within the MySQL community, with key MySQL employees exiting and forks of the MySQL codebase arising, including Widenius' MariaDB.
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RE: not an expert
by dagw on Fri 22nd May 2009 12:06 UTC in reply to "not an expert"
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I am not an expert but there must be reasons why people chose MySQL over Postgres.

Years ago there used to be a significant performance gap(in MySQLs favor) between MySQL and Postgres when under the sort of loads often found with web sites. The admin tools for MySQL used to be better and easier to handle. Also a great many third party applications and libraries used to be MySQL only and require a great deal of hacking to get working with postgres.

Non of these limitations hold true and more, but the result of all of this is that there are a lot more people and projects that use MySQL for historical reasons and see no compelling reason to change. Even when starting a new project many people will go with what they know.

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