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: Comment by snorkel2
by kaiwai on Fri 22nd May 2009 03:47 UTC in reply to "Comment by snorkel2"
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They choose MySQl over PostgreSQL, because they think that MySQL is faster, and a few years ago they would have been correct, but now not so much....
PostgreSQL is so much better than MySQL it's not even funny. If enterprise level support is needed there is EnterpriseDB which also offers a Oracle compatible version.

If that were the case then Firebird would be a winner almost everytime - MySQL simply had more marketing muscle behind it and media adoration to it; nothing to do with technical merit and everything to do with being in the right place at the right time and creating the right alliances with other projects- LAMP being the prime example of how M could be replaced with numerous possible other replacements but people continue using it because that is what is marketed to them.

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RE[2]: Comment by snorkel2
by Liquidator on Fri 22nd May 2009 05:07 in reply to "RE: Comment by snorkel2"
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Couldn't agree more. People are more sensitive to marketing than to technical merits. This is also true for web browsers.

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sensative to marketing in web browsers.. heck, sensative to marketing in general computing. The better technology rarely wins over the better marketing given the popularity of Windows and the even more wide open to exploit osX (sorry fans, pwn2own's winner explained why osX falls first every time; here's hoping for the next major version).

Outside of computers, it's not much different. Beta VS VHS, HDD VS Blueray. Reality TV which continues to persist. Everybody Love's Raymond; who is this "everybody" that loved the show long enough to keep repeat going for so long?

Cow'ing the public with good marketing is, sadly, not unique to IT though it does seem a main tenant of the IT industry.

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