I just read a good article at TechRepublic about MySQL vs. Microsoft SQL. Overall, the article is pretty well-rounded. Good reading. (And short!)
The author based the review on several features, including:
• Licensing Cost
The final winner:
If you were hoping to get an ironclad recommendation that one database is better than the other, I’m going to disappoint you. From my point of view, any database that helps you do your job is a good database; one that doesn’t is a bad database. I can tell you that to make a good decision about which of SQL Server and MySQL will help you most, you’ll need to look beyond politics and hype and instead look at function and mission. What do you want to accomplish?
No surprise there of course.
What I did find interesting is that Sanders took the time to explain that MySQL is not free unless you are developing an open source application, but otherwise you have to pay for it. Hmm, I have to admit I’m not 100% on the licensing terms for MySQL. Is this totally accurate? What if I’m developing a revenue generating website based on top of MySQL as the RDBMS? Does that mean I have to pay MySQL AB?