Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.

Re: Linux RDBMS Info

Author:Eric Kidd
Posted:6/29/1999; 8:36:53 AM
Topic:NT Licensing is worse than you fear.
Msg #:7908 (In response to 7907)
Prev/Next:7907 / 7909

(Once again, I'm speaking for myself, not UserLand.)

Thanks all for the pointers to Postgresql. Now if it were just multithreaded...

Yeah, that's the downside. :-(

If you need concurrent queries and transaction support, you'll have to start spending money. This is moot on a single processor machine, but it matters on a multiprocessor machine.

But if Oracle costs too much for your budget, look at Sybase, DB/2, Informix and the other usual suspects. All of these are available for Linux, and I could swear that at least one of them has very good pricing.

My recommendation: start with PostgreSQL (or MySQL, under certain circumstances) and see what happens. If your traffic outgrows the free databases, call your vendor, get a license for the database of your choice, and drop it into your site. This way, you don't have to pay the database licensing fees until you start thinking about hits/second. Once you've got several hits/second, any database becomes relatively cheap. It's the big checks up front which hurt. :-)


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