MySQL is probably the best known open source relational database management system. It is a common choice as the database backend of web sites used in conjunction with Php, and also for client server applications.
Meadowlark uses MySQL in some of its heavyweight web based databases.
Despite being free, MySQL is an excellent relational database tool. It is easy to install, configure and manage, it has excellent performance, and is well documented.
1. Smaller faster, cheaper, lighter computers for the desktop. They will be no larger than a DVD drive. They will be silent, and run free software, and much of this will be web based. They will use solid state disks, and large quantities of cheap memory.2. More powerful mobile phones will largely replace traditional PCs. The screens of mobiles will occupy as much of the phone as physicallly possible. "Soft buttons will have largely replaced mechanical buttons in top of the range phones.
3. Sophisticated screen display technology will be available that will allow us to use bigger computer monitors in smaller less likely workplaces.
4. Micro-factories: places of work no bigger than a loft
extension, where budding entrepreneurs labour in their free time
"printing" products with 3D printers and selling their wares
by the internet.