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Linux mini-quiz: Databases

Amy Kucharik

When it comes to Linux-friendly databases, it might seem like there's an awfully large amount of data for you to learn. Our quick quiz is a fun way for you to bone up on the latest and greatest information. If it leaves you wanting more, mosey on over to our Special Report:

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"Linux-friendly databases make it big."

Below each question is a link to a recent news story or tip where you can find the answer to the question and learn more about the topic. If you want quick answers, you'll find those at the bottom of this page.


1. Some analysts point to the 1995 launch of this product as the event that put the spotlight on open source DBMSes:
  • a. Oracle7
  • b. Microsoft SQL Server
  • c. MySQL
  • d. LaserQlay Pigeon Shoot
Hint: Find the answer here.


2. According to recent numbers, which technology vendor is currently the leading seller of database software?
  • a. IBM
  • b. Oracle
  • c. Sybase
  • d. Johnny's Databases and Chicken Shack
Hint: Find the answer here.


3. One reason to switch from Microsoft SQL to an open source database is security. The Sapphire/Slammer worm is an example of a threat that attacked this kind of vulnerability in computers on the Internet running Microsoft SQL Server:
  • a. Phishing
  • b. Back door
  • c. Buffer overflow
  • d. Social engineering
Hint: Find the answer here.


4. How does Sleepycat Software make money off its Berkeley DB database?
  • a. The company makes money by charging a fee for copies of the database application.
  • b. Sleepycat makes money by charging for customized Berkeley DB licenses, which incorporate both open source and proprietary language.
  • c. The only way Sleepycat makes money is by charging a fee to support users of Berkeley DB.
  • d. Berkely DB is a non-profit open source project that gives everything away for free.
Hint: Find the answer here.


5. What is the latest feature incorporated into PostgreSQL?
  • a. Microsoft Windows port
  • b. Data warehousing
  • c. Online analytical processing
  • d. Minty-fresh breath
Hint: Find the answer here.




Answers: 1. c; 2. b; 3. c; 4. b; 5. a


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