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MySQL is a relational database management system (RDBMS) that is used extensively to support web applications development, in part due to the built-in support for MySQL provided by the PHP scripting language. Unlike the other components of the LAMP stack, MySQL is not a community-funded open source project. Rather, MySQL is a product primarily developed and sold by MySQL A.B., a Swedish for-profit company now owned by Sun Microsystems, but with a twist. The MySQL database server software has two primary versions, a free-of-cost Community Edition that has open sourcecode backed by a community of developers and a paid, subscription-based Enterprise Edition with its own server, product release cycle and set of software updates.

last updated 2008.05.27

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