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From:Anderson Pereira Ataides Date:August 16 2002 1:42pm
Subject:Re: MySQL vs. Oracle (not speed)
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Let's see if I can convince your managers:

1. Support
Oracle offers support, this is true, but if you want pay for support, you can 
buy it from MySQL AB. They have MySQL for free and they also have a licence 
you can buy and ask for support. If you want to keep free, this list is a 
good point for support. All messages posted here are answered. Some times you 
have strange answers, but you have of course ability to filter good ones.

2. Correcting bugs
With Oracle, you have some programmers working on it to develop and keep it 
out of bugs. MySQL is free software, that means we have thousands or 
programmers around the world contributing with it. In free software world, 
almost all time, when a hacker find a bug in a software, he already give a 
solution to it, because he has free access to source code, meaning he can fix 
bug and contribute to software development.

3. Improvements
I can use the same argument for correcting bugs. MySQL is free software. If I 
have enouth knowledgement to develop subqueries, I can make it work and 
contribute with software. If maintainers of MySQL approve it, it is 
distributed together with MySQL. See case of foreign keys and transaction 
support. When I started with MySQL, they did not have even plans to develop 
this and suddenly we have support for transactions and foreign keys. How 
could it happen? INNODB and Berkeley DB, contributed software.
So if you want capability to develop improvement, MySQL is a better choice.

4. Thid part support
If you do not want Oracle support, you of course may want some else's 
support. We have people that offers support for Oracle products, but how 
many? And how much will they ask for their support?
MySQL is becoming (I think it is already) default database in free software 
world. All Linux distributions you buy or download, offers MySQL as default 
database and PostgreSQL as the second choice. Because of this, we have more 
preople working with MySQL. If someone will offer support but it's expensive, 
it is easy to find someone else to help you with lower price.

5. Easy of use
Once, I tried to work with a lite version of Oracle, but I could not even 
install it, because of its hardware requirements. Later I bought a new 
computer, but I still could not install it. In installation, I had to have 
some knowledgements of Oracle.
I tried to work wit PostgreSQL, and difficult came after instalation. I could 
not easily understand its security issues, and it's interface for programming 
language would require some hard study to put it to work.
With MySQL, as I installed it, it was ready to work. Simply reading tutorial 
in documentation I could already create databases, users, tables and put it 
to work for me. Also interface with programming language is much easier to 
understand. And if you have MS-Access as front-end, you can easily link MySQL 
tables to it and work as it was Access's tables. You can do all of it without 
much previous knowledgement.
So if you want fast learning, and development, MySQL is your choice.

Want more? I could give you more arguments, but I think this should be enough.

Hope I could help you.
Anderson Pereira Ataides
anderson.pa@stripped
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            • Re: MySQL vs. Oracle (not speed)Mark Matthews16 Aug
          • RE: MySQL vs. Oracle (not speed)Mary Stickney16 Aug
        • RE: MySQL vs. Oracle (not speed)Aron Pilhofer16 Aug
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    • Re: MySQL vs. Oracle (not speed)Gelu Gogancea16 Aug
      • RE: MySQL vs. Oracle (not speed)Mary Stickney16 Aug
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RE: MySQL vs. Oracle (not speed)Art Fore16 Aug
RE: MySQL vs. Oracle (not speed)John Griffin16 Aug
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RE: MySQL vs. Oracle (not speed)John Griffin16 Aug
  • RE: MySQL vs. Oracle (not speed)Mary Stickney16 Aug
Re: MySQL vs. Oracle (not speed)Jocelyn Fournier16 Aug
Re: MySQL vs. Oracle (not speed)Heikki Tuuri16 Aug
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Re: MySQL vs. Oracle (not speed)Jocelyn Fournier16 Aug
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