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PostgreSQL and MariaDB Use Rising Due to MySQL Decline

MySQL use is declining from 82.1% now to 78% in 2011 and 72.3% in 2014

We have been subjected to numerous arguments by Industry pundits on the pros and cons of Oracle's acquisition of Sun Micro Systems.

A new survey carried out by the 451 Group attempts to get the facts straight from the horse's mouth-the open source users. 347 of them were interviewed and the results indicate that:

1) MySQL use is declining from 82.1% now to 78% in 2011 and 72.3% in 2014

2) PostgreSQL and MariaDB use rising as a result of the above and would see three to four per cent growth in share.

3) But 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.

4) There is no majority support for any of the possible outcomes of the current European Commission investigation into Oracle's proposed acquisition of Sun Microsystems.

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 they 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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Lavenya Dilip was responsible for Marketing at Green Rack Systems.