PostgreSQL vs MySQL?

Howard Lowndes lannet at
Thu Apr 4 07:28:29 EST 2002

I use MySQL on Linux and find it blindingly fast when used directly.  It
is now also very adequate with MS Access via MyODBC; earlier versions of
MyODBC were slow.

Actually my use of Access/MySQL is a tad tortuous.  The MySQL sits on one
physical machine, is accessed by MS Access 2000 running on W2K on a VMware
virtual machine on a different physical machine using a MS Access 97
database shared from W98 running on another VMware virtual machine; all
over a 10mbps network.  Despite that I still get acceptable performance.

I agree about the lack of features in MySQL, especially nested SELECT and
transaction handling.

On Thu, 4 Apr 2002, Rasjid Wilcox wrote:

> Quick views on PostgreSQL vs MySQL (or even InterBase?)
> I looking at teaching myself Java with the aim of building some cross
> platform database products.  My prefered platform is Linux, but I'd like to
> make things that work okay in the Windows world too (for strategic reasons
> only ;-).
> MySQL has a reputation for being fast, but somewhat feature limited.  I note
> that its foreign key support is fairly recent and is still missing some
> features as far as I can tell.
> PostgreSQL has a reputation for being slower (probably not a big issue for
> the type of apps I'm thinging of) but has a better feature set.
> I didn't even know that there was an open source version of InterBase until I
> today.  It looks like a 'Mozilla' type of open source licence.
> Anyone got views on just how committed Borland is to open source?  (They have
> done Kylix as well...)
> I guess my main issues are features (foreign key support would be good, and
> replication might be useful too) and portability.  In particular I was hoping
> for Windows 98 support (although I guess this will get less important over
> time as more people move to Linux - oh, and Windows XP etc rather than Win98
> I guess, but why anyone would do that is beyond me ;-).
> I initially thought it was more portable than PostgreSQL, as I know it is
> Cygwin based and only claims to support NT etc.  However, I now notice that
> MySQL on Windows is also Cygwin based.  Anyone with any experience in how
> they compare running on Windows 98?  (Does PostgreSQL actually run on Windows
> 98?)
> Based on my reading of the various websites, InterBase is looking like the
> best option, with PostgreSQL second and MySQL third.  But I'd like to hear
> from people that have actually used them (on any platform).
> Cheers,
> Rasjid.

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