To install MySQL on a Debian or Ubuntu computer, run the command "sudo apt-get install mysql-server," or use the command "sudo yum install mysql-server" on a Fedora or Red Hat Enterprise Linux computer. The SQLite website has downloadable binaries for Linux, Windows and OS X.
A popular alternative to MySQL is PostgreSQL, which Linux users can install using the "apt-get" or "yum" command. Both MySQL and PostgreSQL are powerful databases that take time and experience to configure. SQLite runs on the command line and stores database information in a file, making it a simple and portable option popular with people who want an embedded database to use with a program.