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From:Michael Widenius Date:December 24 2003 8:06am
Subject:MySQL 5.0.0 has been released
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MySQL 5.0.0, a new version of the popular Open Source/Free Software
Database Management System, has been released. It is now available in
source and binary form for a number of platforms from our download pages
at and mirror sites.

Do to an unfortunate build error in the last minute we can't provide
-max binaries for 5.0.0 at this time. Sorry about that.

Note that not all mirror sites may be up to date at this point in time -
if you can't find this version on some mirror, please try again later or
choose another download site.

This is the first Alpha development release of the 5.0 tree, adding many
new features (see below). As this code is currently labeled "Alpha", we
do not recommend that this version be used in production environments yet!
It does however pass our test suite on all our build platforms and all
old features should be resonable stable.

However, we encourage you to test and evaluate it and, more importantly,
report any bugs or observations to our bug tracking database at Please note, that for us to resolve a bug report,
a reproducible test is required. See "How to report a bug" at for more details before filing a
bug report. We appreciate your support!

The most prominent new feature of MySQL 5.0 is probably Basic support
for stored procedures (SQL-99 style). However, there are several
additional enhancements, which are planned to be implemented before
MySQL 5.0 reaches beta status.

Our development plan is to continue to add new features to 5.0 at
least until 4.1 reaches 'gamma' status after which we will move new
development to 5.1.  Our man goal is to have more major releases with
shorter time intervals to get out new stable features faster.

THe MySQL 4.1 branch seams to be relatively stable and we will, if we
don't find any new unexpected hard bugs that will require a new design
decisions, make a beta release of 4.1 in January followed by a gamma
release ASAP.

Merry Christmas,
      Lenz Grimmer & Michael Widenius
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 Lenz Grimmer <lenz@stripped>
 Senior Production Engineer
 MySQL GmbH,
 Hamburg, Germany

 Michael Widenius <monty@stripped>
 Helsinki, Finland
MySQL 5.0.0 has been releasedMichael Widenius24 Dec