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12 June 2009, 11:09

New release model for MySQL

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The MySQL developers have presented a new release model for the development of the open source database. The aim of the changes is to create a more dynamic, accessible, open and understandable development model. This also means that the current development plan has been rejected and the planned features for MySQL 6.0 are not now top priority. The main principles of the new development model are:

  • The trunk is always at least in beta quality.
  • A milestone starts in beta quality (never in alpha) with a merge between the trunk and a stage tree;
  • Milestone releases, with RC quality, released every three to six months.
  • Integration windows between milestones allow the insertion of new features from stage trees
  • GA releases happen every 12 to 18 months
  • There are not more than two releases in active support.

The next release stage, under the new model, will have the codename Azalea and will include planned MySQL 6.0 features that are sufficiently stable that they can be introduced into the current MySQL 5.4.


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