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Web 2.0 boosted by open source, says MySQL

Tash Shifrin

MySQL is trumpeting its open source database as the power behind a range of pioneering “Web 2.0” internet sites.

Web 2.0 sites – websites such as social networking sites, wikis and communication tools that allow online collaboration and sharing – are an increasingly popular part of the internet landscape.

MySQL said its database had been selected by Web 2.0 sites including the YouTube video sharing site, Flickr’s picture hosting site, the Technorati blog search engine, online reference guide Wikipedia, and the LiveJournal social networking site.

MySQL is part of the open source environment dubbed Lamp – for the Linux operating system, Apache Web server, MySQL database and Perl, Python or PHP scripting languages – credited by IT and media commentator Tim O’Reilly as crucial to the new generation websites.

“Without the Lamp software stack, many Web 2.0 companies would have never got off the ground,” he said.

In February, MySQL secured an extra $18.5m (£11m) in funding for expansion into the enterprise database market, including the development of new products. The sum included venture capital pumped in by Intel, Red Hat and SAP.

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