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MySQL 4.0.12 Ready to Roll

MySQL AB, which hawks a popular open source database to shake market share loose from such entrenched industry mainstays as Oracle and IBM, said Tuesday its flagship product is ready for public use and supports Intel Itanium 2 processors running Linux.

The Swedish concern said MySQL 4.0.12 passed a series of tests with no fatal bugs and then completed so-called battle-testing, in which the software was heavily taxed in live environments for about three months.

MySQL version 4.0 is now the standard code base for all MySQL database downloads. Available under the Free Software/Open Source GNU General Public License (GPL) or a non-GPL commercial license, MySQL has been gaining momentum, boasting 4 million installations, including such high-profile customers as Yahoo!, Lucent and Sony.

MySQL AB CTO and co-founder Michael "Monty" Widenius said development releases of MySQL version 4.0 have been available since October, 2001. But with the latest version, Widenius said thousands of users tested it and no serious bugs have been found in months.

The new MySQL 4.0 includes features geared to handle heavily-trafficked database systems, including a query cache, full-text indexing, an embedded MySQL server library, new transactional engine, as well as features to make migration from say, IBM's DB2 or Oracle's 9i database, easier.

MySQL AB pledged continued support for the previous production release, version 3.23 until further notice.

As for the optimization on Intel Itanium 2 platforms and Linux, MySQL representatives say it's no problem.

Sam Al-Schamma, director of European Developer Programs at MySQL, said Itanium 2 capabilities targeted at large databases, data mining and other enterprise applications "for which MySQL is increasingly being used as the database engine."

The news is indicative of the company's desire to broaden MySQL's reach across the enterprise. Adding support for Linux/Itanium, along with its previous support for all major Linux distributions as well as Unix, Mac OS X and Windows operating systems, should help toward this end.