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1444:3145 -- Interesting thread: Postgres more popular than MySQL?

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    ned wrote: -------- Original Message --------
    Subject: Re: [pgsql-advocacy] PostgreSQL more popular than MySQL?
    Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2008 02:49:02 +1030
    From: Shane Ambler <pgsql>
    To: Jonah H. Harris <jonah>
    CC: Dave Page <dpage>,  pgsql-advocacy@postgresql.org

    Jonah H. Harris wrote:
    > On Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 7:14 AM, Dave Page <dpage> wrote:
    >> Richard Huxton just sent me this interesting piece:
    >>  http://markmail.blogspot.com/2008/02/postgresql-more-traffic-than-mysql-and.html
    > Definitely cool... but the subject is certainly a jump from the data presented.

    I would say it isn''t really that big a jump - a more active community
    grows from and reflects a more popular product.

    > There''s many things which contribute significantly to the difference
    > in numbers, such as -hackers and -patches which are non-user-related
    > and have almost no equivalent in the MySQL community.  Similarly,
    > MySQL has no equivalent to -advocacy, which I would say is primarily
    > driven by PostgreSQL contributors, not users.

    Well (at markmail archives) mysql has 25 active lists and postgresql has
    30 yet we have almost twice as many messages as mysql.

    I would disregarding the total messages since 1999 (particularly since
    mysql has shown a fairly constant rate of messages a month - dropping
    slightly - where postgresql has picked up in more recent years)

    The stats do show some interesting points though. Mysql has a fairly
    constant level of messages since 1999 - average would appear to be
    dropping slightly.

    Postgresql activity has risen considerably since 1999. (around 1000
    messages a month in 1999 to 8000 a month now)

    Currently mysql lists have 149 messages a day and postgresql has 294.

    This would indicate a much more active community and shows that
    postgresql has increased in popularity whereas mysql has remained fairly

    It does raise another point -
    If mysql is so popular where do the mysql users discuss issues and get
    help? forums maybe? has anyone done (or think they can do) a similar
    stat gathering from forum discussions?

    Or do mysql users just buy books and tech support where postgresql users
    talk to and help each other...

    PostgreSQL.org - where you get a big helpful community along with the
    best database on the planet.

    PostgreSQL.org - where you get more than just a great database. -- Read more at http://www.xtuple.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=1444