Today, the choice of the database technology is in the hands of the developers, and Open Source alternatives look appealing. Many talks and papers show the growing features of MySQL or PostgreSQL, which competes with the commercial RDBMS. But do not forget the core features that are there for decades. They may not be there, or less efficient, in those alternative solutions. Let’s show those basic features, with demos: in-place updates, cursor sharing, guaranteed disk writes, advanced materialized views, IOT, wait events, online operations,… Many were already in Oracle 30 years ago and we take them for granted. We may not realize what we will miss when going to another RDBMS.