What's needed to enable JDBC or ODBC to MySQL database?

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http://serverfault.com – I have a MySQL server on my Scientific Linux 6.2 system. Right now I know how to create a new database, and set up users. I need to setup LibreOffice Base to connect to the MySQL server, via either ODBC or JDBC (ideally over SSL). How do I do this? Do I need to install anything on the server to allow this to happen? (HowTos)