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04 December 2009, 13:07

Survey shows open source users split over MySQL

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MySQL use declining, PostgreSQL and MariaDB use rising and no majority support for any of the possible outcomes of the current European Commission investigation into Oracle's proposed acquisition of Sun Microsystems; these are some of the results of a survey, carried out by the 451 Group, of open source users show which shows they are split over the future of MySQL.

The survey, which queried 347 respondents, sees the use of MySQL declining from 82.1% now to 78% in 2011 and 72.3% in 2014. The beneficiaries of this decline would be PostgreSQL and MariaDB which would see three to four per cent growth in share. In MariaDB's case, this would be a growth its current lack of any current share. The majority of users, 57.9% of all open source users and 63.9% of MySQL users, say that they would continue to use MySQL where it was appropriate.

When asked what should be the outcome of the current European Comission investigation, 17.6% of all the respondents said Oracle should be allow to keep MySQL, 32.6% said Oracle should hand MySQL to an independent foundation and only 4.3% said that MySQL should be sold to another vendor. In contrast though, 13.8% of the respondents said the did not care what happened to MySQL. 6.3% of the respondents said they'd be more likely to use MySQL if acquired by Oracle and that Oracle usage is expected to increase marginally over the next five years.


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