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Posted Mar 10, 2003

A database query

By Staff

[From InfoWorld]

One of the more common queries I hear is, "What database should I use under Linux?" That is actually a pleasantly difficult question, because there are a number of choices that depend on what you want to do.

If you are looking for a large commercial database such as Oracle or DB2 to run on Linux, the solution may be just to run Oracle or DB2. Many of the most prominent commercial databases established a presence in the Linux world years ago, so you can often stay with your current database vendor under Linux if you wish to.

But if you are looking for open-source alternatives, there are several. One of the most visible options is MySQL ( Unlike most commercial databases, MySQL is less concerned with having every possible feature and more concerned with maximizing speed. As a result, some database administrators make the mistake of thinking MySQL is a "toy" because it currently does not have support for stored procedures, triggers, and views.

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