MySQL shake-up could be a blessing

I’d argue that Sun needs to tighten the reins on MySQL development, not let them go. Going forward, MySQL will need to work hard if it wants to stay in front of the low-end database business. It’s no longer the reigning speed king; if fast, SQL-based storage is all you care about, SQLite is a better alternative. And competing open source databases like PostgreSQL and Firebird offer better feature sets for exactly the same price as MySQL.

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