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How to upgrade MySQL server on Debian or Ubuntu

One of routine tasks for system admins is to update installed programs with the latest patches and hotfixes, as well as upgrade software to a more recent release with new bells and whistles. The latest MySQL 5.6 was released early this year, targeting better performance and scalability. For those of you wanting to try out the latest bleeding edge MySQL, this tutorial describes how to upgrade MySQL server on Debian or Ubuntu.