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MySQL Founder Warns 5.1 Not Ready

Dec 01, 2008, 21:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Britta Wuelfing)

[ Thanks to Britta Wuelfing for this link. ]

"Pictured with the statue of an ostrich with its head in the sand, Monty Widenius's blog begins with "Oops, we did it again..." The statue was a gift to the MySQL 6.0 managers as a "reward" for their release planning. Widenius describes the version as not yet "ready to be declared" beta, RC or GA and lists a series of unresolved bugs as proof. The reason, he says, isn't the developers, but management: "...even an excellent team can't work if the conditions are not right." Even release of the 5.1 beta was too early and not signed off by developers. Because MySQL managers spread the software to a larger audience prematurely, developers didn't have time to get to their actual work. "MySQL developers have not been able to do any larger changes in the source code since February 2006," says Widenius.

"His further criticism of the conflicting priorities of technicians and marketing forces should be familiar to all. It's the usual story: software quality takes second place to regularly spaced release cycles and new functionality takes precedence over bug fixes. He holds Mårten Mickos, chief of the database group at Sun Microsystems, responsible for this strategy: "Mårten's reasons for this is that he needs something he can sell and a release marked 'GA' [General Availability] is much easier to sell than a release marked 'RC' [Release Candidate].""

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