The MySQL database server and client software work on several different operating systems, notably Linux, FreeBSD, and a wide range of Unix systems: Sun Solaris, IBM AIX, HP-UX, and so on. MySQL AB has also developed a Mac OS X version, a Novell NetWare version, and several MS Windows versions. You can obtain a copy of MySQL from MySQL AB’s site (http://dev.mysql.com/downloads) or from one of its mirror sites (http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/mirrors.html).
This chapter briefly explains the process of installing MySQL on Unix, Linux, Mac OS X, NetWare, and Windows operating systems. For some operating systems there are additional sections for different distribution formats. For any one platform, you can install MySQL by reading just three sections of this chapter: the next section, Section 2.1; the section that applies to the distribution that you choose; and the Section 2.8 at the end of the chapter.