From Stephen Shankland over at CNET comes good news for MySQL fans:
You now can discard any lingering traces of doubt that the open-source MySQL database competes with the incumbent proprietary products from Oracle, Microsoft and IBM. Data released Thursday from an Evans Data Group survey of database usage among developers shows MySQL use increased from 32 percent in 2004 to 40 percent last year. The survey tallied real production use in corporate environments, not just tire-kicking or pilot projects, Evans spokesman Jon Broenen said.
I spoke recently with the CTO of eClinicalWorks about his company’s use of MySQL in Linux and Windows environments, and the conversation was almost too upbeat. Naturally, I was suspicious, but now it appears the praise for MySQL was genuine, and we really can discard the doubt about whether or not MySQL is chipping away at Oracle’s base.