The current poll running on the Debian Administration site covers
database popularity for that platform:
http://www.debian-administration.org/polls/146

It's interesting to compare to a very similar poll from three years
ago: http://www.debian-administration.org/polls/102

What at first appears to be a slight drop in MySQL penetration (62% to
59%) is a mistake in how the question was asked IMHO. If you just add
in the MariaDB users to the MySQL count, the combined percentage goes to
61%. The relative penetration of PostgreSQL vs. MySQL hasn't changed
very much during that time

The only statistically significant difference is that the count of
Oracle users has stayed steady at ~100 despite a general 30% increase in
poll responses. Not really surprising that Oracle on Debian installs
has flatlined recently, it's really not the preferred platform to run
that on.

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PostgreSQL Training, Services and Support
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  • Florian Weimer at Jun 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    * Greg Smith:

    The only statistically significant difference is that the count of
    Oracle users has stayed steady at ~100 despite a general 30% increase
    in poll responses. Not really surprising that Oracle on Debian
    installs has flatlined recently, it's really not the preferred
    platform to run that on.
    It's also not clear to which Oracle database product the question
    refers. Debian's default installation contains an Oracle database
    (Berkeley DB is Priority: standard).

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  • Bruce Momjian at Jun 10, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Greg Smith wrote:
    The current poll running on the Debian Administration site covers
    database popularity for that platform:
    http://www.debian-administration.org/polls/146

    It's interesting to compare to a very similar poll from three years
    ago: http://www.debian-administration.org/polls/102

    What at first appears to be a slight drop in MySQL penetration (62% to
    59%) is a mistake in how the question was asked IMHO. If you just add
    in the MariaDB users to the MySQL count, the combined percentage goes to
    61%. The relative penetration of PostgreSQL vs. MySQL hasn't changed
    very much during that time

    The only statistically significant difference is that the count of
    Oracle users has stayed steady at ~100 despite a general 30% increase in
    poll responses. Not really surprising that Oracle on Debian installs
    has flatlined recently, it's really not the preferred platform to run
    that on.
    I am certainly surprised by the lack of Postgres increase in the past
    three years? Are we increasingly used on other platforms but not
    Debian? Doesn't seem likely.

    --
    Bruce Momjian <bruce@momjian.us> http://momjian.us
    EnterpriseDB http://enterprisedb.com

    + None of us is going to be here forever. +
  • Josh Berkus at Jun 10, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    What at first appears to be a slight drop in MySQL penetration (62% to
    59%) is a mistake in how the question was asked IMHO. If you just add
    in the MariaDB users to the MySQL count, the combined percentage goes to
    61%. The relative penetration of PostgreSQL vs. MySQL hasn't changed
    very much during that time
    What's also interesting is that the "Other" category hasn't grown
    significantly. I'd have expected it to with all the new databases about.


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    -- Josh Berkus
    PostgreSQL Experts Inc.
    http://www.pgexperts.com

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