MySQL Community Edition 5.6.17 / 5.7.3 Milestone 13

One of the most used open source database in the world, now for Linux systems too!
MySQL is an open source, fast and cross-platform relational database management system (RDBMS). It consists of a server daemon (mysqld), as well as several different client programs and libraries.

Originally created by Sun Microsystems (now maintained by Oracle), MySQL is more than just "the world's most popular open source database" as it features connectors, replication, and partitioning.

It also comes with workbench, enterprise monitor, dashboard and advisors, query analyzer, replication monitor, as well as enterprise backup features. Supported storage engines include MyISAM, InnoDB, NDB, Memory, Merge, Archive, CSV, and more.

Hot backup support for InnoDB1 is also built into the program, which also provides full, incremental and partial backup functions, full and partial restore, point-in-time-recovery, and external authentication.

In addition, the MySQL database server features policy-based auditing compliance, thread pool, cluster manager, automatic scaling, and cluster geo-replication features. Furthermore, the .NET, JDBC and ODBC connectors are supported at this time.

An enterprise version of the MySQL database engine is also available for purchase from the official website. Key features include high availability, backup, scalability, security, audit, monitor, workbench, and dedicated 24x7 technical support.

The Community Edition of MySQL reviewed here is freely available for download, and it can be easily installed on various Linux-based operating systems using the packages included in the default software repositories of the respective distribution.

Under the hood, we can mention that MySQL is written in C and C++ programming languages, and it comes with built-in support for over 20 operating systems, including Linux, BSD, Solaris, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.

For RPM (Red Hat Package Manager) based Linux distributions, Oracle provides a YUM repository at Stable and development branches of MySQL Community Edition are available for download on the dedicated section.

All in all, MySQL is a stable and reliable database server that has been used on web server for many years now. It has been recently replaced in various Linux distributions by the brand-new MariaDB database engine.

Reviewed by on March 28th, 2014

last updated on:
March 28th, 2014, 7:01 GMT
developed by:
Oracle Corporation
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
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MySQL Community Edition
What's New in version 5.6.10
  • New features and enhancements in MySQL 5.6 are available to MySQL users in the MySQL Community Edition.
  • MySQL 5.6 provides enhanced linear scalability, helping users to leverage modern hardware capabilities.
  • With this version, users can experience simplified query development and faster execution, better transactional throughput and application availability, flexible NoSQL access, improved replication and enhanced instrumentation.
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