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MySQL is a multithreaded, multi-user, SQL Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) with more than six million installations.
MySQL AB makes MySQL available as free software under the GNU General Public License (GPL), but they also dual-license it under traditional proprietary licensing arrangements for cases where the intended use is incompatible with the GPL.

MySQL is owned and sponsored by a single for-profit firm, the Swedish company MySQL AB, which holds the copyright to most of the codebase. This is similar to the JBoss model and how the Free Software Foundation handles copyright in its projects, and dissimilar to how the Apache project does it, where the software is developed by a public community, and the copyright to the codebase is owned by its individual authors.

The company develops and maintains the system, selling support and service contracts, as well as proprietary-licensed copies of MySQL, and employing people all over the world who collaborate via the Internet. MySQL AB was founded by David Axmark, Allan Larsson, and Michael "Monty" Widenius.

MySQL is popular for web applications such as MediaWiki or Drupal and acts as the database component of the LAMP, MAMP and WAMP platforms (Linux/Mac/Windows-Apache-MySQL-PHP/Perl/Python), and for open-source bug tracking tools like Bugzilla. Its popularity as a web application is closely tied to the popularity of PHP, which is often combined with MySQL and nicknamed the Dynamic Duo. It is easy to find many references that combine the two in websites and books (PHP and MySQL for Dummies, PHP and MySQL Bible, Beginning PHP and MySQL, etc.) The claim made in many books is that MySQL is easier to learn and use than many other database applications. An example from the Dummies book is that you can quit MySQL with an obvious command of either exit or quit, although this is true for many other database applications.
"MySQL" is officially pronounced as "My Ess Queue Ell" [ma? ?s kju? ?l], not "My sequel" [ma? si?kw?l] [9]. However, the company doesn't mind if others use either the "My sequel" form or other local variations if they are preferred by the speaker such as MySuckle.

The "My" portion of the name supposedly comes from the name of Monty's child [10], spelled "My" but pronounced in the local language as "mu" [my] (or approximately in English, "me").

The "SQL" portion uses the fully spelled-out pronunciation of the initials, S-Q-L (Structured Query Language), not the "sequel" pronunciation, which adheres to the official ANSI pronunciation but conflicts with the earlier IBM database of that name.[11]

The Swedish (MySQL AB is a Swedish company) word "Myskvall" (cozy evening, or even My's evening, "Mys kvall") is pronounced in a similar way but this might be a coincidence. Nevertheless this pronunciation is quite usual in Sweden.

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