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Old 01-20-2002, 05:42 PM   #1
bobcl
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MS Access Substitute


Is there a Linux based substitute for MS Access? I'd like to pitch Linux as a desktop replacement, but this will come up, and I don't have an answer for it.
 
Old 01-20-2002, 07:12 PM   #2
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there are many free (GPL) SQL based databases available for linux. most modern distributions come with postgresQL and/or MySQL. i would recommend postgres - it's better then access any day. there are detailed comparisons out there too, just search google.com for them

http://www.postgresql.org
http://www.mysql.com/
 
Old 01-20-2002, 08:20 PM   #3
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I agree completely, FuzzyOne! My sentimental favorite is Interbase, but PostGres is arguably the best Open Source choice (careful - don't need a Holy War here...) Problem is that, so far as I know, there aren't pretty graphical development tools. I can argue technical excellence until the end of time without making a dent. Yeah, I know, but I've fought similar battles in the past and don't need more scar tissue...
 
Old 01-20-2002, 08:47 PM   #4
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gui for dbs

hi,,

there's lot's of frontends for MySQL but if you go in for mysql , u have to compromise on foreign keys and transactions , but it is amazingly fast and offers fine grained access control

However PostgreSQL rules!!
 
Old 01-20-2002, 08:58 PM   #5
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Didn't know that, penseur2! Time for some research! These folks aren't doing anything real sophisticated - they're proud of it, and I lack the heart to tell 'em I was doing better with <GASP!> COBOL and ISAM twenty years ago...
 
Old 01-21-2002, 10:26 AM   #6
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*sex0rz MySQL*

'tis the greatest, it is. *nods*
 
  


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