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MySQL 4.0.0 Released

Oct 16, 2001, 09:08 (12 Talkback[s])

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The long awaited version 4.0 of the MySQL database is now available for download at the MySQL website. The new version is intended as a platform for building mission critical, heavy load database solutions, and much effort has been put into providing a solid foundation for planned enhancements, some of which are included from the start. Although the current release is an alpha version, the development team expects to release a beta version after rapid initial testing and will also add a number of new features in the weeks to come.

Some features already available in the alpha 4.0.0. version:

  • Embedded MySQL server library making it easier to embed the MySQL server in third party software and solutions
  • Secure connections employing Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)
  • Correct German character set sorting order
  • Enhanced speed, for instance as a result of bulk INSERTs, searching of packed indices and creation of Full-text indices
  • Enhanced compatibility with other DBMS's and SQL standard, for instance support of the UNION statement
Some features that soon will be added:
  • Allow users to change startup options without taking down the server
  • Fail safe replication
  • Online hot backup with very low performance penalty
  • For a full description of new features, please consult the online MySQL manual at http://www.mysql.com/doc/.

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