Six free/open source databases with commercial-quality features

Microsoft, Oracle offer impressive free versions of their commercial offerings, but MariaDB wins our test

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MySQL

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MySQL is one of the most popular open source databases. It was owned by Sun, and is now owned by Oracle, which bought Sun in 2010. Oracle has stated that it is committed to supporting and updating the community edition of MySQL, and the company has made several improvements to the way MySQL runs on Windows. In our testing, MySQL stood out based on its ease of use, security features and performance.

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