MySQL 5.1 a hit despite controversy, says Sun

By   |  December 9, 2008

Sun Microsystems says MySQL 5.1 is proving popular with users, despite the controversy surrounding its release.

Ten days ago, when MySQL 5.1 was first officially released, MySQL founder Monty Widenius posted a warning on his blog that 5.1 was not ready for wide use.

Widenius wrote:

The reason I am asking you to be very cautious about MySQL 5.1 is that there are still many known and unknown fatal bugs in the new features that are still not addressed.

Sun Microsystems, which bought MySQL for US$1 billion in January, says, however, that there have been more than 250 000 downloads of the MySQL 5.1 software in the first ten days of its release.

Sun says that MySQL 5.1 features a number of new enterprise-class enhancements, including:

Table and index partitioning;
Row-based and hybrid replication;
An event scheduler for recurring tasks; and
A new MySQL query analyzer to improve performance.

MySQL 5.1 can be downloaded from here.

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