"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
"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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