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Open Source databases rounded up and rodeod

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YOU COULD be forgiven for not knowing about the storm of activity in the database market this season. You would have to have read several dozen articles, press releases, and have followed the right bloggers to track all the strategic acquisitions, new releases, and defensive posturing . And even so you might still be wondering what it all means. But help is here in the form of a guide to open source database companies and what they've been up to.

We think database companies are significant to watch because they are an early indicator for the paradigm of the open source business model as a whole. What happens to database companies now could be a gauge for other open source companies in the future. We have another article spelling out what this means and how to understand it from a business perspective. Stay tuned for that. Now on to the action:

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