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    A free SQL Server?

    I have experience using Oracle 10g, but was wondering if anyone knew of a simular free SQL Server I could use? Preferably something that can be run on a Windows Machine. I will go Linux if I have to, but it has been a while.

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    Hi

    Have a look at the Microsoft Express - Series[1]. Among other applications,
    the MS SQL 2005 Express Edition[2] is available for free. The .NET Framework 2.0
    is necessary.

    Furthermore, mysql[3] is always out there

    Cheers

    [1] http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/
    [2] http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en
    [3] http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/5.0.html
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    I did come across the Express edition while googling, but I'm not sure if it's limited. How does it compare to MYSQL Server. Also, will I need a CAL for each user for the Express Edition?

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    Re: A free SQL Server?

    Originally posted here by warriorfan808
    I have experience using Oracle 10g, but was wondering if anyone knew of a simular free SQL Server I could use? Preferably something that can be run on a Windows Machine. I will go Linux if I have to, but it has been a while.
    ....agreed w/ sec_ware and you can add this list also:

    MySQL

    PostgreSQL

    MS SQL Server 2005 Express Edition

    Take your pick. MySQL and PostgreSQL are cross-platform, SQL 2005 Express is a better tinkering platform if you see yourself working with MS SQL server properly in the future.

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    I have had some experience with MySQL and liked it quite a lot, although I've heard that PostgreSQL is more advanced and provides more features. There is a good (but relatively old) article on devx which compares the two of them, and although it's old the comparison is still pretty relevant.

    Cheers,

    -jk
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    Originally posted here by warriorfan808
    I did come across the Express edition while googling, but I'm not sure if it's limited. How does it compare to MYSQL Server. Also, will I need a CAL for each user for the Express Edition?

    No CALs; Express is free (it's the replacement for MSDE 2000). There are limits, but they're not too bad -- 4 GB max database size etc.

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