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Sybase since 12.x is very fine for performance (row level locking) and unbeatable on administration.
MySQL looks promising for performance and I use it a lot for websites, but it still has a few very dangerous bugs in database naming and some bugs in the credential parts of the client admin tools, incremental backup is nonexistant and some table naming annoyances during restore.
Never been much of an Oracle buff - always something wrong, difficult or limiting.
On stability and performance still nothing really beats DB2.
But still guys - nothing really combines performance, usability, rapid design, support for many databases and management like Microsoft SQL Server. No problem getting DB's into 4'th normal form with the built-in orthogonal layout. Too bad it does not run under Linux.
After using both PostgreSQL and MySQL for a while, I'd have to say that PostgreSQL is superior. MySQL is easier to administer, and is great if all you want to do is dump data into some tables and then take them out. PostgreSQL is the place to go when you want to do some real database hacking. I don't actually find it that "complex", other than the complexity inherent in a SQL database. The only tricky thing is the permissions management since you don't have that nice table-driven (and non-standard) system that MySQL provides.