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I have read with interest the emails on Base. I have always regarded the data base component of Open Office, Libre office as the equivalent to the datbase component of MS Access. I have 5 data bases, originally run under windows and MS Access which I have converted to run under Libre Base. I have found the LibreBase is probable slightly easier to use than MS Access and it certainly copes very well with my data bases, all of which are small. (The biggest has about 5000 records) The only problem I have had is in a new database where I needed to store photos against each record. It quickly gave up after about 4 records. I am not certain why, but other claims on my time have prevented me for investigating what caused the problem.

I was a database administrator for many years with extremely large data bases (millioms of records) using Oracle, etc. When I needed to manage a large data base (about 100,000 records, 30 to 40 users) in linux, I used MySQL with web based front end using PHP to connect to the database.

My advice to people needing to use databases is to use Base for small databases (less than 10000 records). For larger bases consider using Mysql with a web based front end and PHP to connect to the databse.


Peter Goggin

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