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I've no idea where someone gets the idea that MySQL is easier. I evaluated MySQL and Firebird with no prior knowledge of either, and Firebird was so clearly easier to use AND had more advanced options.
The only reasons to use MySQL are a) you want a full-text indexing, b) you are using it in a hosting environment where they have set it up for you and won't allow you to use something like Firebird.
Incidentally, there was an interesting post recently on the Ingres site, where an experienced Ingres user was lamenting how much faster Firebird was than Ingres:
Postgres might be the best, followed by the big oracle which lots of guys seems to get rid of with maximum pain....
MySQL.com has done a lot of promotion for its product. It is the most popular i think but might be the less featurefull database i ever used. One can make a product that only support oracle or hsqldb or firebird, what's the point?
If we were voting for the IDE of the year kdevelop vs kedit or gedit vs ajunta, would you choose kedit or gedit in terms of features and not speed like MySQL???
We started with Interbase/Firebird - great solution for smaller applications with strong integrity checking. Runs great on Windows as well as Linux.
FB is great solution for embeded use on applications.
We use PostgreSQL for large applications, it is stable and faster then FB.
With release of version for Windows it becomes much better for developers, because they can develop applications without need to have a Linux box (if they preffer to develop on MS Windows).
Module PostGIS gives PostgeSQL another value in GIS application, we apprecieate it a lot.
MySQL works fine on my XOOPS powered website. Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP content management system is easy to use. For a simple database frontend I am still looking. MySQL is so fast and robust on my website. No heavy loads here but it runs the whole website with no glitches between power glitches or upgrades.