Consider checking out Joomla as well. A mambo fork by many of the original mambo developers
What would you prefer, that some of us have to try it without mysql? That's like saying you don't like to fill up your car with gas. Neither do I. But, the alternative of pushing my car around by hand is less appealing.
MySQL adds critical features, like every other project out there that uses it, you have to go and install it to take advantage of the features it offers.