Few weeks ago I was at FOSDEM. It was really amazing experience. I meet many interesting people, learned quite some thing and I returned full of enthusiasm. Open Source events are really great.
But all the fun wasn’t over even after the FOSDEM. I spent few more days in Bruxelles attending MySQL packagers meeting organized by SUN/Oracle. We spent quite some time talking to each other. We learned what MySQL people are doing and how. And they learned how do we deal with MySQL and what is troubling us. And many good things will come from this.
First but certainly not last of them is about to appear now. One very interesting thing we learned at meeting was MySQL release policy. What openSUSE and Ubuntu and maybe some others are doing is that after release date there is generaly no version updates allowed. We are only fixing serious bugs and security related issues. It takes quite some work. What we learned is that new releases in stable branch of MySQL are in fact maintanance updates. If you update from 5.1.43 to 5.1.44 you wouldn’t get any new features. All you will get are bugfixes. And only bugfixes of serious or security related issues. Does it sound familiar? Yes it is the same thing we are doing! So I discussed it with our maintanance team. And we came to the conclusion that we want to give our users all serious fixes. Not only these few selected. And the best way to do it is to use maintanance updates provided by MySQL people themself. I’m not saying that I don’t have enough confidence to play with MySQL sources, but I think that MySQL people can do it better 😉
Yes, you are guessing right. What I’m trying to say is that we are going to update MySQL to the latest available version. This means 5.1.44 for openSUSE 11.2 and 5.0.90 for older openSUSE. We will start with 11.2 as version gap is smaller there and if everything will proceed smoothly, we will continue with 11.1 and 11.0. For 11.2 you can help by testing update. Currently 5.1.44 update is prepared for 11.2 in server: database: STABLE and I’m running some final tests. If you want, you can try it too (not recomended on production servers yet) and if you’ll find any problems, please report them before it will hit official updates.
Remember, this is just the beginning. I’ve got some bigger plans regarding MySQL in 11.3 😉