MySQL 5.1 Release Candidate by the end of September!

MySQL announced that they plan to release by the end of the month a ‘release candidate’ of MySQL 5.1 a major new upgrade of the world’s most popular open source database server.

During the announcement that was made at the inaugural ‘Japanese MySQL Users Conference’ earlier last week, MySQL mentioned that several GPL-licensed products are scheduled to be available for download by the end of September:

  • MySQL 5.1 Community Server – The first release of the upcoming version of MySQL includes database partitioning capabilities to improve performance and simplify management of very large applications.
  • Falcon Database Engine – MySQL’s newest transactional database engine, being designed for large-memory, multi-threaded and multi-core CPU applications such as high-volume Web sites. Falcon is available in a special preview version of MySQL 6.0.
  • MySQL Proxy – A software program that sits between a client and MySQL server(s) that can monitor, analyze, or transform their communication. MySQL Proxy’s flexibility can address many common uses – such as query analysis, filtering and modification, and much, much more.
  • MySQL Connector/ODBC 5.1 – A new high-performance MySQL ODBC driver that provides client access to a MySQL database using the industry-standard Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) API.

The first MySQL 5.1 public release was released almost 2 years now (29 November 2005) and from the 5.1 changelog 5.1.22 is already marked as Release Candidate (thought not available for download yet). Based on the previous experience with the 5.0.x release, we might even see a _GA Production release _sometimes in October 2007… Wouldn’t that be cool? I am sure many peoples are really looking forward for this release to use the new features available in 5.1 like partitioning, row-based replication, or cluster disk data just to mention some.

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