I did my own evaluation a few months back, because postgres was not cutting
it for me.
I found that postgres 8.0 (was what I was using at the time, now on 8.0.2)
out performed mysql on a optiplex with 2gig meg of memory. I had postgres
and mysql loaded and would run one server at a time doing testing. 
My tests included using aqua studios connection to both databases and .asp
page using odbc connections. There was not a huge difference, but I had
significant time in postgres and it was a little faster, so I just took new
approaches (flattened views,eliminated outer joins etc) to fixing the
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-----Original Message-----
[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Jan Wieck
Sent: Monday, June 06, 2005 1:55 PM
Cc: Amit V Shah; pgsql-performance@postgresql.org
Subject: Re: [PERFORM] Need help to decide Mysql vs Postgres

On 6/6/2005 2:12 PM, PFC wrote:

>> Please pardon my ignorance, but from whatever I had heard, mysql was
>> supposedly always faster than postgres !!!! Thats why I was so surprised

>> !!
>       I heard a lot of this too, so much it seems common wisdom that
> is slow... well maybe some old version was, but it's getting better at  
> every release, and the 8.0 really delivers...

The harder it is to evaluate software, the less often people reevaluate 
it and the more often people just "copy" opinions instead of doing an 
evaluation at all.

Today there are a gazillion people out there who "know" that MySQL is 
faster than PostgreSQL. They don't know under what circumstances it is, 
or what the word "circumstances" means in this context anyway. When you 
ask them when was the last time they actually tested this you get in 
about 99% of the cases an answer anywhere between 3 years and infinity 
(for all those who never did). The remaining 1% can then be reduced to 
an insignificant minority by asking how many concurrent users their test 



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