On November 14th 2008 MySQL 5.1 reached General Availability status. A little less than two months later MySQL 5.1 entered Ubuntu’s universe thanks to the work of Chuck Short. Based on the version available from Debian experimental repository MySQL 5.1 brings new features such as:
- Table and Index Partitioning to improve performance and management of very large database environments
- Row-based and Hybrid Replication for improved replication security
- Event Scheduler to create and schedule jobs that perform various database tasks
MySQL 5.1 should be included in the upcoming Ubuntu release codenamed Jaunty Jackalope scheduled for April 2009. However users can already test it by installing the mysql-server-5.1 package on a system running the development version of Ubuntu. Upgrades from 5.0 to 5.1 are also possible.
MySQL 5.0 has also been updated to the latest version: 5.0.75. Thus Ubuntu users have the choice of running either MySQL 5.0 from the main component or MySQL 5.1 from the universe component. The Ubuntu Server team is looking for early testers. Having access to a MySQL environment and being able to run a database load in a testing environment are the two requirements to help shaping the next version Ubuntu and its support for MySQL.