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Re: What can we learn from MySQL?

From: "scott(dot)marlowe" <scott(dot)marlowe(at)ihs(dot)com>
To: Andrew Payne <andy(at)payne(dot)org>
Cc: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>,PostgreSQL-development <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>,PostgreSQL advocacy <pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: What can we learn from MySQL?
Date: 2004-04-27 21:07:20
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On Mon, 26 Apr 2004, Andrew Payne wrote:

> For those that look to Apache:  Apache never had a well-established
> incumbent (Oracle), an a well-funded upstart competitor (MySQL).  Rob
> McCool's NCSA httpd (and later, Apache) were good enough and developed
> rapidly enough that they prevented any other HTTP server projects from
> getting critical mass.

This is a followup to my previous message where I mentioned apache, but 
did not really followup on it.

While Apache is and has been wildly popular for bulk hosing and domain 
parking, for serious commercial use, Netscape's enterprise server, now Sun 
One, has long been a leader in commercial web sites.  That has now changed 
too.  While Netscape's server was pretty good, it is simply harder to 
configure, not as versatile as apache, and not as reliable or as fast 
nowadays.  This was not always the case.  There was a time when its 
performance was considered to be much better than apache (I'm thinking 
about apache 1.3.4 or so) and apache configuration was a black art few 
understood.  with modern gui tools for configuring apache, and the 
incredible performance gains the late model 1.3 versions and now 2.0.x 
versions have, it is quickly displacing the more expensive netscape.

Apache did not start in first place when it comes to "enterprise" class 
web servers, no matter how many small personal web sites ran on it.  Most 
commercial companies didn't use it at first.  It too had to "earn its 
stripes" over time and by proving it was better.  Now I know people who 
think Open Source is just so much pie in the sky hand waving philosophical 
candy who think apache and jboss are the bomb.  they'll come around on 
PostgreSQL too, once someone with some foresight points out the advantages 
it has.  and one of its advantages is that it doesn't have a large 
monolithic organization driving development.

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