In Pictures: Six free/open source databases with commercial-quality features

Microsoft, Oracle offer impressive free versions of their commercial offerings, but MariaDB wins our test


PostgreSQL is essentially a relational database, but with an object-oriented database model. Performance was nearly as fast as MariaDB and MySQL, but the biggest plus is PostgreSQL’s management interface called pgAdmin. We found that pgAdmin has a robust set of features that’s easy and intuitive to navigate.

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