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Re: Postgres v MySQL 5.0

From: Michael Dean <mdean(at)sourceview(dot)com>
To: Lukas Kahwe Smith <smith(at)pooteeweet(dot)org>
Cc: John Wang <johncwang(at)gmail(dot)com>, pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Postgres v MySQL 5.0
Date: 2006-10-28 20:00:18
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Lukas Kahwe Smith wrote:
> Hi,
> Yeah more case studies would be nice, but I guess PostgreSQL will need 
> to be driven from DBA's. Some of the derivatives will be able to use 
> marketing as a tool. But again PostgreSQL is a tool suited best for 
> DBA's. This should be made clear at every opportunity. This makes it 
> clear that PostgreSQL is not lagging behind MySQL in terms of 
> scability or features, just that its tailored to a smaller group of 
> people than the armies of PHP developers that use MySQL. This is not a 
> sign of weakness, just a sign of focus.
> However, with the growth that PostgreSQL is putting down from the 
> already powerful base I am not all that worried. Like I said early on 
> in this thread, many of the features available in MySQL since the past 
> years simply lack polish. They are often slow and incomplete with the 
> notable exception of their charset support and the imminent release of 
> their partition support.
> So to make my key point clear once again:
> Its important to make people understand that PostgreSQL has no 
> intention on competing with MySQL over developers. PostgreSQL is 
> competing for DBA's.
> regards,
> Lukas
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just a little side note.  We have had postgresql 8 up and running on 
some of our websites now for 18 months or so.  we were able to fresh 
install it with one of our php based template systems in a little over 
an hour, with not a squeek of problem since.  works right out of the 
box!  With that kind of reliability, why do we need a dba? 

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