"The first of those releases, MySQL 5.4, is available
in preview today, with MySQL claiming it to be up 90 percent faster
than MySQL 5.1 for certain types of queries.
"The speedier MySQL database comes as Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ:
JAVA), which has owned MySQL for just over a year, is being
acquired by Oracle.
"While it is still early in the process, MySQL chief executive
is optimistic that Oracle will see the value in MySQL and will let
them continue on the path they are paving with their new rapid