PostgreSQL vs MySQL?

Paul Alexander Warren u3292467 at
Thu Apr 4 09:44:17 EST 2002

I tried using MYSQL for my UNI database course last year, and found that
it was totally inadequate, so I used PostgresQL instead, and found that
it had equivilant functionality to Oracle which we use at UNI. 
Performance speed wasn't a problem, but then i only had one user for it
on a Pentium 166 MMX with 64M RAM.

My dad also said that PostgresQL was about equivilant to DB2 as well,
just as scalable and reliable. ( that means nothing to me, i've never
used DB2)


Paul Warren.

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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