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Posted Nov 20, 2002

MySQL Database v4.0.5 (Beta) Now Available

By Forrest Stroud

MySQL AB has released v4.0.5 (Beta) of its MySQL database. Accompanying the updated beta release is a new naming scheme from MySQL AB that has been developed to help avoid confusion between the product names of the GNU General Public License (GPL) and commercial binaries. Starting with the 4.0.5 release, the following editions of MySQL will be available from http://www.mysql.com:

  • MySQL Standard (GPL) - The recommended binary for most customers that want to use MySQL under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). MySQL Standard includes the InnoDB Storage Engine and all the default features that are considered stable and useful enough for general usage.

  • MySQL Max (GPL) - An enhanced version of the Standard GPL package, that includes the InnoDB Storage Engine as well as additional features like the Berkeley DB (BDB) Storage Engine (certain platforms only) and features that are either not exhaustively tested yet or not required for most users (e.g. OpenSSL where available, User defined functions - UDFs, BIG_TABLE support, etc.) When these features have matured and proven to be stable enough, they will be part of future versions of the Standard binaries.

  • MySQL Classic (Commercial License) - Similar to MySQL Standard, but without InnoDB and only available as a commercial licensed version.

  • MySQL Pro (Commercial) - Similar to MySQL Standard (includes InnoDB), but only available as a commercial licensed version.

The most current "stable" release of MySQL Database Server remains v3.23.53. Official and beta releases of MySQL are available for download at http://www.mysql.com/downloads/index.html.

A complete list of new additions in v4.0 can be found at http://www.mysql.com/products/mysql-4.0/index.html, and a list of bug fixes in the latest beta release can be accessed at http://www.mysql.com/doc/N/e/News-4.0.x.html.

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