About Databases...

Leif B. Kristensen abuse at solumslekt.org
Wed Mar 16 12:59:25 CET 2005

Peter A. Schott wrote:

> PostGreSQL - good feature set, open source.  Not sure on speed, but it
> should run natively on Unix, Linux, and Win32 (not sure about BSD or
> others).

A lot of the core developers of PostgreSQL are apparently running *BSD.
On the PostgreSQL-General mailing list, I've noted that people run it
on Solaris, AIX, HP-UX and all kinds of 'nixes. I think that the
keyword is POSIX compliance.

The native Win32 version (8.x) is very recent, and probably not a good
bet for a production environment for the time being. Earlier versions
may be run under Cygwin.

The "speed" of a database engine is notoriously hard to assess by
objective means. It will depend on tuning, indexing, load, read/write
ratio, number of concurrent users, and a lot of other variables. Some
RDBMSs also performs terribly in situations where others shine.

Anyway, I'd recommend a closer study of PostgreSQL for anyone interested
in a good RDBMS. I have been using MySQL for several years, but have
recently come to appreciate all the advanced features of PostgreSQL
that still is kind of "vaporware" in MySQL.
Leif Biberg Kristensen
just another global village idiot

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