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MySQL, a multiuser, multithreaded SQL database server developed to handle very large databases an order of magnitude faster than major vendor products, is being released under a GPL. The SQL in this case is the real structured query language, and should not be confused with a Microsoft product that usurps the SQL name. A 1970s IBM research project resulted in Structured English Query Language - SEQUEL - which was subsequently abbreviated to SQL, and is now the standard for database query language. The current GPL version of MySQL, released a few days ago, is 3.20.32a, and it is planned that older releases of MySQL will be offered with a GPL, and called GNU MySQL MySQL had been previously available free for internal use, but there was a fee if it was included in a product or service; if a charge was made for installation and maintenance; or it was included in a distribution. MySQL is a Swedish development by TcX, Monty Program and Detron. ®

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