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With the news of Oracle pulling the InnoDB engine from MySQL Classic Edition, you now need to use MySQL Community Edition to get InnoDB for free. Oracle doesn't really make it clear what is different between Community Edition and the rest of the product line.

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The enterprise edition has advanced features that the community edition does not have, e.g. transactions.

http://mysql.com/products/enterprise/

http://mysql.com/products/community/

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Just like to add that in the community edition, transactions may be possible through InnoDB, but generally, the enterprise edition as advanced features that the community does not. –  n_kips Feb 24 '11 at 22:52
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The community edition most certainly DOES support transactions. There's no "maybe" about it. –  John Gardeniers Feb 24 '11 at 23:27

From what I can tell it looks like MySQL Classic Edition is intended as the free version of MySQL for software vendors. The Community Edition is license under the GPL, making it difficult for anyone wanting to embed MySQL in software they want to sell. The description on the MySQL Classic Edition seems to support this:

"ideal embedded database for ISVs, OEMs and VARs"

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