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CNET News.com: VA Linux supports open-source database software [MySQL]

Jul 05, 2000, 05:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

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"VA Linux Systems has put its name behind the MySQL database software, an open-source alternative to proprietary software from the likes of Oracle, Microsoft and IBM and a competitor to another open-source initiative."

"VA, the fifth-largest seller of Linux computers, has invested an undisclosed sum in MySQL and will help MySQL with service and support programs designed to make the software more appealing to corporate customers, MySQL said. In addition, Internet software maker Progress Software invested $2.5 million in MySQL, the database company said...."

"And in a significant shift for the database company, MySQL now is released under the General Public License, the best-understood open-source license and the one that covers Linux. The MySQL development effort now is hosted at VA's SourceForge site."

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