Databases - WAS Re: acronym LAMP

Verde Denim tdldev at
Sat Jun 20 13:27:18 UTC 2009

On Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 4:44 PM, Irving Leonard <
irving.lp at> wrote:

> El Monday 01 June 2009 09:01:39 am Gilles Gravier escribió:
> > Hi!
> >
> > John wrote:
> > > Gilles Gravier wrote:
> > >> [snip]
> > >> Can you clarify your views? As far as I know, there are NO ROYALTIES
> for
> > >> use or redistribution of MySQL runtime on Windows (and on any other
> > >> platform). That's what the GPL licensing of MySQL guaranties... FREE
> > >> REDISTRIBUTION (amongst other things)...
> > >>
> > >> Point your browser to :
> > >> Or a direct link
> > >> from one (the closest to me) of the redistribution mirros :
> > >>
> > >>.34-win32.msi (and if you feel like bleeding edge, pick one from the
> > >> /pub/mysql/Downloads/MySQL-6.0 directory)
> > >>
> > >> Seriously... no royalties there... even for redistribution. This
> > >> software is licensed under the GPL v2.
> > >
> > > As I recall, there *used* to be royalties payable if you wrote and sold
> > > software for the windoze platform that incorporated MySQL.
> Consequently,
> > > I did not bother with it and went down the PostgreSQL route.
> > >
> > > Thus, I have not needed to keep up-to-date with MySQL so if the
> > > situation has changed, thanks for letting me know!!
> >
> > Seems it has. Or more likely, you were looking at an old binary
> > distribution made by a company that had included some of their own stuff
> > they were selling with it. I think MySQL has been GPL for most, if not
> > all of its life. It sure is, now. :)
> >
> > For me, the choise PostgreSQL vs MySQL is more a dependence on type of
> > application & data you are going to process... and maybe compatibility
> > with existing code... Licensing is very similar. MySQL offers maybe
> > better enterprise-class support for those who need it. In any case, Sun
> > is a significant contributor to both (though it OWNS MySQL)... :)
> Where can I read something about MySQL compared to Oracle? I have very
> little
> experience in the database world but what I heard about Postgres is that
> they
> make the competition to Oracle, they are like the Open Source alternative
> to
> big enterprises. The question is where is MySQL? Do they compete with
> MsSQL?
> Is MsSQL a big enterprise database engine (I heard the opposite, the are
> for
> small business or enterprise)? Are there URLs?
> --
> regards
> irving

I've been using mySQL almost since its inception on both personal desktop
systems and for a couple of corporate systems that the client purchased the
support for.
I have also modelled and designed/developed for just about every commercial
dbms system on the market (relational and a few object dbms), as well as
designed a multi-dimensional database system for cubing data. mySQL is an
excellent choice as far as I'm concerned. Support is very strong, there is a
large community of developers, and the engine runs well on both M$ and *NIX
platforms. It supports both data and image based storage and retrieval, and
has been used in a large number of open source applications. There are a
number of specific technical details that I can spout here, but they depend
on your depth of knowledge and desire to know about them (lots of boring
spec stuff, mostly).

As far as finding URLs regarding its use, you have only to start at (googling mySQL returns in excess of 300,000 hits). The complete
documentation is there, as well as access to the community of developers,
mailing lists, forums, and other material. You can download the server,
client, and tools from the site, and give it a trial run with the sample
databases they supply. There is also a pet store database sample and sakira
database that you can install and spend some time with.--


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