> Oracle have been quick to announce new releases of mysql, but failed to issue a
> notice saying " uhoh, you better not use it" instead, putting a small notice, where, on a
> fricken manual page FFS. who the hell reads that! and they say use version "a" which does
> not even exist, I'd hate to think of how many high profile sites are at risk of being
> screwed over by yet MORE oracle incompetence.
> No one would think any less of them if they sent that notice, many would be
> appreciative, but to "hide" such a serious issue that was enough for them to withdraw and
> remove that version, is outright despicable.
I can't explain Oracle official behavior. It does seem odd when seen from the way you put
it. And AFAICT you make great points.
It's just that hostility makes it harder to hear the valid points, and also that when
relative newbies like me see guys like (at least) Shawn Green post really coherent and
helpful messages here (not to mention all the things we love and rely on about MySQL
daily) then we have to assume (and hope) that there are great sincere people who actually
do their level best when they work on MySQL... and the lack-of-appreciation tone does not
do justice to the guys who are really trying, nor to us users who don't do anything but
use the free stuff and contribute only by our comments. I don't want to give you a hard
time either. I just desire some appreciation woven into the mix... enough to clutter this
technical list with this.