Originally Posted by jdh23
Too bad their's no disto with mysql part of the default.
From experience, RH and Slackware come with MySQL.
As far as I can remember, if you select a full or a server install in RH, it will be installed by default. For Slackware it might require the 'ticking' of one checkbox (can't remember although the last 4 installs that I did we're Slackware installs including MySQL).
I can't talk for the others, but I'm sure that a number of others (FC and Debian and probably Suse come to mind) also come with it. Again, probably on checkbox to 'tick' and it will be installed.
(K)ubuntu is intended to be a desktop distro. I assume that that's the reason why there's no MySQL included.
With regards to the additional tools, I don't know. I don't use them.