Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 29th Oct 2005 08:37 UTC, submitted by Robert Pang
Databases Oracle has just released the beta version of its free Express Edition database. This Oracle 10g Express Edition features a small download size, Windows and Linux native installers, and easy-to-use HTML DB interface to the database.
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Who cares?
by wazoox on Sat 29th Oct 2005 19:59 UTC
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Postgresql complete is a very small download, comiles in a snap on any platform, works as well as oracle, and provides better standard tools. Oracle is doomed ;)

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RE: Who cares?
by on Sat 29th Oct 2005 21:05 in reply to "Who cares?"
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Unfortunately, a lot of people pick Oracle simply because:
1) it's Oracle.
2) it was recommended to them by consultants who, surprise, surprise, change an arm and a leg for Oracle consulting and support.
3) it was recommended to them by their DBA who has absolutely no clue how to maintain any other database besides Oracle, because maintaining Oracle DBs suck up so much time, they don't know anything else. That and the DBA gets paid an arm and a leg.
4) It's "enterprise".
5) Politics. This one is fun, moreso when the company in question is populated by ex-Oracle people.
6) Their knowledge of databases is stuck in 1995.

At work, we'll take SQLServer and Postgres over Oracle anyday, but our boss has an infatuation with Oracle (and Sun) for the kind of reasons above. There's very little that Oracle can do nowadays that other DBs can't do as well or better...well, except cost you a fortune.

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RE[2]: Who cares?
by on Sat 29th Oct 2005 21:29 in reply to "RE: Who cares?"
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There are plenty of things other databases can't do. Can you say grid computeing. Can you store 800 terebytes in a sql server database or postgre database. And if you can, can you actaully query that data and expect to get something back in the next 100 yrs.

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RE: Who cares?
by on Sat 29th Oct 2005 21:05 in reply to "Who cares?"
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Oracle is doomed ;)

Now, you said it. mark this page and come back in 100 years to test your theory. ;)

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