MySQL native driver for PHP: mysqlnd-5.0.0-alpha
February 15, 2007[From MySQL]
We are proud to announce the first alpha version of the MySQL native driver for PHP: mysqlnd 5.0.0-alpha. The software is available for download on http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/php-mysqlnd.
The MySQL native driver for PHP is an additional, alternative way to connect from PHP 6 to the MySQL Server 4.1 or newer. It is a replacement for libmysql, the MySQL Client Library. From now on you can use ext/mysqli either together with libmysql as you did in the past or with mysqlnd. The MySQL native driver for PHP requires PHP 6 and can connect to MySQL Servers 4.1 or newer.
The article continues at http://lists.mysql.com/announce/432