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Re: Postgres v MySQL 5.0

From: Lukas Kahwe Smith <smith(at)pooteeweet(dot)org>
To: usleepless(at)gmail(dot)com
Subject: Re: Postgres v MySQL 5.0
Date: 2006-11-10 20:55:19
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Hi,

if you guys are really serious about wanting to win over people who are 
mysql users or are the people currently served by them .. then you have 
to put in some serious PR efforts to pound it into peoples brains that 
PostgreSQL is just as easy to use. MySQL throws around the 15 minute 
rule for installation. My last PostgreSQL install definitely made this 
mark without any extra tuning. And yes the MySQL install gives you a few 
choices about the type of work load you expect. And yes MySQL has 
replication build in. It also supports charsets etc. And from a checkbox 
perspective it pretty much supports everything else there is.

So again you have to make a concerted PR effort with a stream of 
published articles in magazines, conferences, blogs and news items where 
you highlight the ease of installation (this include some sort of 
replication as MySQL has established that benchmark).

Also people need to hand hold middleware language and framework 
projects. So that they feel cool about supporting this superior 
database. It should make them all fuzzy inside. People give PostgreSQL 
credit for having all the enterprise features in a more complete 
fashion. Now you need to make it clear that its supported in all sorts 
of applications.

However, before the fun can really begin you need to make it easy for 
hosters to setup PostgreSQL. Make sure hosters can put in solid quota's 
for disc space, memory usage, CPU usage or whatever so that they can 
create nicely distinct packages for their users.

Now the question is, do you guys really want to put in that much effort? 
I am all for making as much things as easy as sensible. But imho 
PostgreSQL is best served if you guys focus on what has distingished it 
from MySQL. And that is providing a platform with superior SQL standards 
completeness and compliance. And extensible framework that promotes user 
choice over one size fits all defaults.

regards,
Lukas

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