MySQL is a multithreaded database system created by MySQL AB, which is one of the most used database systems in the world. Now owned by Sun Microsystems its server and client-library are distributed under the GPL (which prohibits use by proprietary code) with a commercial licence to exempt from it.

MySQL has been a popular choice for PHP-based web-applications due to its ubiquity, but has been highly criticised for its many quirks.

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