MySQL ships major database upgrade

MySQL AB has released the production version of its open-source database upgrade, MySQL 5.0, the company announced on Monday.

The new release, which had been expected this month or next, adds several features that have long been standard in databases from MySQL’s bigger rivals, including triggers, views and stored procedures. The company is billing it as its biggest upgrade ever, although pricing remains unchanged from the previous version.

The company offers two types of licenses: customers can download the software for free under the open-source General Public License or they can pay for a commercial license. The second option is mostly for third-party vendors, such as ISVs (independent software vendors), that want to resell MySQL with their products.

MySQL also offers support services, called the MySQL Network, which range in price from

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