Why MySQL 5.1 Is Not GA Yet, and How You Can Help
Jul 22, 2008 / By Sheeri Cabral
Yesterday I had a good conversation with Monty Widenius (a MySQL founder) about MySQL 5.1. Specifically, about the fact that MySQL 5.1 is not a GA (generally available) release.
My impression, which was wrong, was that it was difficult getting critical mass to download 5.1 and use it simply because it was not a GA release yet. I thought the paradox of needing to have a certain amount of usage before release was the barrier.
That’s not the case at all.
The problem is that bugs in MySQL 5.1 are not being fixed. Part of the way a bug is deemed critical enough to be worked on is how many people are running into the bug.
I am of the ilk that “me too” types of posts are somewhat frustrating. When I find a bug, I try to find it on http://bugs.mysql.com. If it is there, I add any relevant information. However, I do not simply write “this bug affects me too” because I am annoyed by “me too” type posts.
However, Monty explained to me that if we ever want MySQL 5.1 to become GA, we need to review the bug list for MySQL 5.1 and for any bugs that you want fixed, put a “me too” in there. Something like “I would use MySQL 5.1 if this bug were fixed” is sufficient.
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