Saturday Oct 30, 2010

Into the sunset

sunset

After four years working with the MySQL team, under three different companies, it's time for me to pursue a new career.

Tomorrow is my last working day at Oracle. (Working? But it's Sunday! So, ehm, kind of, anyway, you got the point.)

You may look at my personal blog in the coming days to know what I am going to do next.

Right now, I would like to just say thank you to all my colleagues in the MySQL Team, and to all the community people with whom I have shared the wonderful experience of these four years.

And also, thanks to all the ones who have offered me a job. Really. There were many offers. I am sorry I could not take them all and I had to choose one in the end, but thanks, my friends, for believing in me.

See you around!

P.S.: This blog will not be updated anymore.

Friday Dec 11, 2009

Active support for MySQL 5.0 and extended support for 4.1 will soon end

At the end of this year, two long lasting versions of MySQL will fall off the radar, each of them in a different way.

MySQL 5.0 active support will end.

What does that mean? it means that there won't be regular monthly updates and bug fixes. This version enters the extended support period, which lasts until 2012. During this phase, only security and major bugs fixes will be applied.

MySQL 5.0 will still be available in the download pages for two more years, and any security updates will be released on those pages.

The previous version, MySQL 4.1, instead, will be retired completely. It has ended its extended period. As such, it will be removed from the download page, and also from the download archives. Next year, if you want to play with MySQL 4.1 binaries, you will have only two choices: becoming a customer (binaries for all versions are kept forever (or as long as someone uses them) for the MySQL Enterprise users) or build it yourself by extracting the code from the Bazaar archives.(1)

For more information, check the calendar and the fine print at the MySQL lifecycle page.

(1) That is not entirely true. There is another way, but I leave it as an exercise to the astute reader.

Sunday Dec 14, 2008

MySQL 4.0 EOL

4.0 End of life

Extended support for MySQL 4.0 is about to be discontinued.

According to MySQL Lifecycle policy, MySQL 4.0 is now in extended support, meaning that only security and extremely severe bug fixes were applied to this release. The present condition ends on December 31, 2008. Then, MySQL 4.0 will join 3.23 in the list of unsupported versions.

The next version to meet the same fate will be 4.1, exactly one year later.

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