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From: greg(at)turnstep(dot)com
To: pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: PostgreSQL flamage on Slashdot
Date: 2003-03-19 18:14:35
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> And why are we "competing" against MySQL, exactly?   
> 
> Look, the people who use MySQL aren't going to use PostgreSQL.  They're 
> looking for a fast, simple database with no DBA requirements, which IS NOT 
> POSTGRESQL.  Such databases have their niche just as we have ours.

Sorry, but I must disagree with this. MySQL is as much our competitor as 
Oracle is. Simply look at the number of open-source apps that use 
MySQL instead of PostgreSQL to see why this is so. I also see plenty 
of crossover as far as being a DBA is concerned: real DBAs are using 
both products, everyday, on a wide variety of technical projects. People 
who use MySQL *are* going to use PostgreSQL - the conversion happens 
all the time. We should be encouraging the use of Postgres in all niches.

Remember, having a successful product is about much more than being 
the best from a scientific/technical standpoint. Decisions are made 
on a number of factors, such as supported platforms, market saturation, 
availablity of skilled workers, interface tools, use in other 
existing products, commercial support, etc. Every decision on which 
database system to use affects the Postgres project, directly or indirectly.

I'm also tired of the attitude that MySQL is somehow "beneath" us, 
and a "hobby" database. Sure, PostgreSQL is more feature-rich, but 
that growth is asymptotic, and MySQL is moving forward and adding 
features all the time. In almost every other aspect except the actual 
database engine, MySQL is the better project. MySQL are PostgreSQL 
are going to grow together quicker than they grow apart. We should 
treat them with respect as a friendly rival.

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Greg Sabino Mullane greg(at)turnstep(dot)com
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