Re: Ooh, scary!

From: Mladen Gogala <>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 14:29:01 +0000 (UTC)
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On Wed, 30 May 2012 14:48:48 -0700, joel garry wrote:

> Props to Tim Gorman for the SCTV reference:
> jg

Open Source databases don't have the capabilities or the support options necessary to become a serious alternative to Oracle. I once looked at Postgres but it turned out that it's probably the worst of the possible alternatives.
If someone wants to replace Oracle, commercial databases are the only game in town. DB2 for Linux is more than two times cheaper than Oracle, but IBM wasn't very serious about selling it and supporting it in the past. The latest version, available for a month or so is DB2 v10 and there are some mixed signals. On one hand, there is quite a number of books available and it is available for free for the home use but, on the other hand, it is almost impossible to locate a price list on the IBM site. If IBM gets serious about mass selling DB2 on Linux, it would be the nightmare that Oracle should be very afraid of. MySQL is very far technologically from commercial databases like Oracle or DB2, and so is the rest of the open source database pack.

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