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Apple has removed MySQL from the latest version of Mac OS X server, replacing it with PostgreSQL. The previous version of the OS – Snow Leopard Server – offered access to MySQL from both the GUI and the command line, but the open source database has disappeared entirely from Mac OS X Lion Server, released last week. Postgres is …

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Don't complain about Microsoft....

... it could be worse, you could have based your systems on Apple. Then where would you be? In limbo if you are lucky, or up s??t creek more likely.

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Not that bad!

Switching from an OS X Server to any Linux Distribution is easy.

OpenLDAP, Apache, Postfix, Dovecot, CUPS, Samba, MySQL, all the scripting languages and so on.

Try this with Exchange, MS SQL Server, .NET ...

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hey?

Why would I want to move my SQL Server database to mySQL. You must be kidding.

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Why would I want to move my SQL Server database to mySQL. You must be kidding.

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If MS did an Apple and stopped supporting/developing it?

Though, to be fair, you'd still be better off with Postgres.

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@CD001

"If MS did an Apple and stopped supporting/developing it?"

The second most popular database in the world that makes tonnes of money for Microsoft won't be supported anymore? You must be kidding more than the original comment I replied to. SQL Server currently has the top spot in TPC-E test (top 10 actually). Try to beat SQL Server with Oracle first before you attempt with Postgress.

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Or to look at it another way…

…you no longer have to wait for Apple to provide timely updates to a piece of software which is UTTERLY trivial to install from the vendor using the provided native packages.

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or to put it another way...

You could install another REAL server operating system, and leave Apple to their consumer toys.

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IT Angle

"You could install another REAL server operating system..."

What does that even fucking mean?

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Mushroom

Or to put it in a way that actually makes sense...

...you could hand your tired argument back to the 1990's, I hear they're asking for it.

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"You could install another REAL server operating system..."

OpenVMS!

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Mushroom

a REAL server OS?

BSD Does not make?

I suggest thy revieth thy BSD and UNIX History. The billions riding on that code is a good indication that it meets whatever you consider a REAL OS. Flashy GUI not considering. SCO-Group need not apply.

I work for a hosting company, Our Russian customers get a kick out of BSD-Derived systems. I also never really hear from them on the support lines either, accept when a drive fails.

would you like to know more?

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The BOFH

would be proud of your VAX roots!

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A REAL server operating system..?

Certified Unix ain't a real server OS?

Come again?

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@martin burns A REAL server operating system..?

A real server operating system stays backward compatible with for 10 years or so. Apple have a hard time even keeping their server platforms last that long. To be of any use a real server OS would also need to run on real server hardware. By that I mean lights out management, multiple redundant power supplies etc, unfortunately Apple doesn't sell anything like that any more

Apart from that, using postgresql was a good decision, its a much better database engine, but in a real server OS you would have added it rather than let it replace mysql to ensure compatibility with previous versions.

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erm..

Whats so hard about installing MySQL?

The only really annoying bit is that if you want the command line compiling tools on lion you have to install the entire xCode sdk then delete the crap you don't want.

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Hmmm

I could have sworn that IBM was giving away IDS (Informix) on this platform for free, so if you wanted a real RDBMS engine that is light years ahead of either Postgres and MySQL, you could get it from IBM aka the Borg.

Or has this too been stopped?

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IDS

IDS is still going.

http://www-01.ibm.com/software/data/informix/developer-edition/

The Developer edition is free with no time limits, but is only meant for development purposes.

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SQL

You can also get free versions of MS SQL Server. Dig around and find TPC benchmarks for MySQL and you will see what a joke it is for transaction processing. It's especially true on multi-core hardware where the professional database systems are way beyond the open source toys.

It also begs the question of why you would be using Apple systems to do any kind of serious server work. That's for NT or Linux.

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@Samuel

There is a special release for Macs OSX.

Or there used to be.

That is different than just the developer's edition.

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Who really cares?

If you need MySQL running, go grab the source code and compile it yourself, or download one of the binaries from MySQL's own website, even. It's not the end of the world. And Postgre is almost certainly a better DB, with a more usable licensing system, so it's not exactly a silly decision on Apple's behalf.

The only silly thing is perhaps that, if they're marketing their servers as a prosumer/small business thing, making it harder to install an AMP (Apache/MySQL/PHP) server - the staple of a zillion small-to-medium-to-humongous web projects - is perhaps not the greatest idea.

Adding an extra step won't hurt much, but they can no longer say OS X Server "just works" for building a web server.

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bloated webbery for fun and profit

why the fuck does it need a million lines of c for mysql and another million for php to make a web site? doesn't anyone else think that's beyond ridiculous?

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You may not...

You may not have heard of these things, they're called "web applications" apparently, Google is quite fond of them - when the effects of the extended duration of hypersleep have worn off, I'll bring you up to speed.

Oh, and welcome to the 21st century btw.

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Yes ...

I do.

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Why the fuss?

What's so hard about going to http://www.mysql.com/downloads/ and downloading it yourself?

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or...

If you hate stuff in /usr/local and following binary updates, you can always use fink or macports which builds stuff ln /sw or /opt.

Obviously, they aren't that stable/full on Lion yet but this option exists.

Apple also trusts to 1)Blnary package 2) package managers and the basic idea that someone maintaining a UNIX server is aware of it.

Even (!) Windows admins install their own mysql.

One must also thank to trolls, jumping up and down ordering Apple to update a production OS blindly to fix a small flaw. So, they decided to minimise risks... Basic as that.

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Best practice

Isn't it considered a security best practice to not install anything on a server unless it is needed, to reduce the number of possible exploits?

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One small download for me, a giant barrier for OS X admins?

It's not as if MySQL's hard to get hold of, whether for the server version or any other - most of their developer customer base will have installed it for themselves anyway. As for comparisons with MS - they don't seem to be bundling MySQL or any other open source RDBMS with their own server software, for some odd reason.

Come on: Apple have switched which open source component they bundle for, arguably, a better one - but you can still download the previous one free if you prefer. Will we get a whining article if they switch from Postfix to Exim next version, too, or was it just a really slow news day?

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MS database

MS systems come with SQL Server, which is much higher performance than MySQL.

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Windows server doesn't "come with" SQL server...

it's an expensive additional licensing cost based on the number of processors you're running and/or the number of clients accessing the database. e.g. $3500 per processor for a web platform outside of an enterprise licensing arrangement.

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No problem for OS X Admins

only for journalists.

Same with the flash player on Macbook Airs last year, a big scandal for tech writers nothing to care about for anybody else.

Or have you ever seen a Windows PC with preinstalled flash player? Even Acer left flash out of the tons of crap they put on any hd.

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@Don Mitchell

Go wash your mouth out with soap and water!

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or

Alternatively, spend another 10 months trying to optimise your system to run at a reasonable speed on mySQL. You have a very narrow minded view of software development. By far the most expensive bit of your system is the personnel you employ not the software (unless you are talking about SAP, Oracle etc which can cost 100K easy).

But your point is valid if your system has 1 table so in this case mysql can run as fast but that's not the typical scenario.

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You are out of your mind

"Alternatively, spend another 10 months trying to optimise your system to run at a reasonable speed on mySQL."

I refer you to the title.

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WTF?

EnterpriseDB is not the only Postgres "company"

There are plenty of others that support PostgreSQL - so EDB (while a great supporter) is not necessarily a definitive source of information.

Apple could also simple have added it on their own from source - something not as straightforward as with MySQL (perhaps the real reason for the switch?)

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Why needs MySQL when you can get PostgreSQL!

Really,

I switches to PostgreSQL ago, MySQL is just a little toy compared to PostgreSQL, it moves forward MUCH faster in features then MySQL, PostgreSQL is rock solid and faster in almost all areas.

Now we only need to convince the script kiddies that use MySQL for there PHP pages to switch to PG and we can say farewell to MySQL.

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DB Wars

Insulting MySql does not make your choice of or the software Postgresql better. The two are independent projects with different emphases.

Any way Apple did what they did and a competent administrator may adjust if MySql on OS X SL Server really was mission critical. It's basically the same thing us Postgresql users did before when it was MySql found in the cat box.

Noted and moving on.

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OpenCL

Doesn't PostgreSQL support PL/OpenCL? I would think this is more of a driving factor in moving to this platform than MYSQL's license. This would also mean that Apple is actually more serious about its server than this article assumes.

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Good decision!

It's not often that I am positive about Apple, but removing MySQL seems like a smart choice. PostgreSQL is better in any way.

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Running away from Larry as fast as possible

I cannot blame them for that...

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Sounds like an upgrade to me

The person quoted in the article is not wrong. PostgreSQL is just more sophisticated.

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Serious?

Is that guy really serious about servers? Anyone worth their salt knows PostgreSQL is the better choice. *dons flame-retardant jacket*

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Whyever would you want one?

You can get a server in the cloud for a fraction of the cost of buying and maintaining a physical box.

If you do have a vital need for a server on a short leash bandwidth and latency wise, you can get an Intel box for a few hundred bucks and put Ubuntu on it. (Mine has 4G, mirrored 1T disks, an admittedly trailing edge AMD64 dualcore, but cost in the $500 range - the case, motherboard and processor came for free).

I guess the only people who use these are design shops where there are only Apple skills, and they want something impressive to show people. (I've never seen an Apple server, but assume it's something like a titanium cube suspended in a tank of Fluorinert, glowing with Cherenkov radiation from the plutonium backup battery).

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I maintain mixed networks for quite some time now.

and I grew up with a father and a grandfather and even a great grandfather in the graphics and printing business. Since I have no artistic talent at all, I ended up on the computer part of computer generated images :)

With this said, in the mid 90s those who could afford a server had Sun and now it's a linux distribution, there are some shops who use Windows Servers.

I have never seen an OS X Server in the wild.

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What!

"I have never seen an OS X Server in the wild"

And you work in the graphics and printing industry!

Where?

Deepest Outer Mogolia?

Either that or you don't get out much.

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Because IT Security is actually important to you?

"You can get a server in the cloud for a fraction of the cost of buying and maintaining a physical box."

Yeah, right, trusting all your data to 'The Cloud' is great unless the data you have is somehow critical and valuable to your business. How vulnerable cloud providers are has been shown recently on more than one occasion.

"If you do have a vital need for a server on a short leash bandwidth and latency wise, you can get an Intel box for a few hundred bucks and put Ubuntu on it. (Mine has 4G, mirrored 1T disks, an admittedly trailing edge AMD64 dualcore, but cost in the $500 range - the case, motherboard and processor came for free)."

Well, Ubuntu may be fine, but I would at least make sure that the hardware is actually reliable and supported by its vendor.

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Northern Germany

Here we had Sun for OPI before there was OS X and no OS X Server in sight and today we use Linux and even Windows Servers.

Here we use something rack mountable with lots of RAM and CPU cores for our workloads, the Mac Mini is nice for my home network and the MacPro is not fit for racks.

Apple makes good workstations and the original Xserve had potential, but putting a Mac Mini cluster agains one DL370 feels just weird.

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don't put database servers in the Cloud...

@Rich, for various reasons it's usually a bad idea to put a database server in the cloud, that is... if you are serious about keeping your data consistent...

If you put your DB server in the cloud, there is a fair change of data corruption of your table store after the service goes down for any reason, this goes for any database.

Database should be put on non-virtualised servers.

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Maybe...

Apple could throw a few quid from the squillion that they have in the bank and design their own Db? Ah, that would mean actually innovating, not exactly their strong point.

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FileMaker Pro

Apple (well, Claris really) developed this back in the early 1990s. It's quite popular, I hear.

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Maybe Apple could design their own Db...

...but why bother spending the money when there are free ones like Postgres and around? Apple's core business is nice shiny consumer toys, and this business model is supported by having nice shiny UIs/OS's to drive those toys, and platforms like ITunes to drive sales for those toys. Developing their own db to give away with OSX server would be colossally stupid. If they built something to drive their internal back-end platform ala google/fb it might make marginal sense, but that's not the kind of nice neat rdbms there would be much point running on a mac mini server.

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