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Hi :)
MariaDb is to MySql as LibreOffice is to OpenOffice except that MySql is still owned by Oracle.
Regards from
Tom :)

--- On Fri, 16/3/12, MariaDB Announce List <> wrote:

From: MariaDB Announce List <>
Subject: [MariaDB Announce] MariaDB 5.5.21 beta now available
Date: Friday, 16 March, 2012, 18:17

The MariaDB project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of
MariaDB 5.5.21 beta. MariaDB 5.5.21 is the first beta release in the
5.5 series. We hope to follow it up soon with a 5.5 release candidate. 
Please test this release thoroughly!

MariaDB 5.5.21 beta is a merge of MariaDB 5.3 and MySQL 5.5 with some
limited additional bug fixes. This is the second 5.5-based release, and
we have some extra notable features including an improved thread pool,
an updated SphinxSE storage engine for fulltext search, and the ability
to selectively skip replication of binlog events. Extra features planned 
for MariaDB 5.5 will be pushed into subsequent releases.

**Do not use beta releases on production systems.**

== MariaDB 5.5.21 beta Release Notes, Changelog, Downloads ===========

The release notes for MariaDB 5.5.21 beta are available at:

A changelog for this release is available at: 

Sources, binaries and packages can be downloaded from: 

Debian and Ubuntu packages are available from our mirrored apt
repositories. A sources.list generator can be found at:

== About MariaDB 5.5 ==================================================

The MariaDB 5.5 series is the combination of MariaDB 5.3 and MySQL 5.5.

Please read the "What is MariaDB 5.5" page for details:

== SkySQL and MariaDB: Solutions Day ==================================

We'll be co-hosting the the "SkySQL & MariaDB: Solutions Day for the
MySQL® Database" one day event on 13 April, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency
Santa Clara. 

During this event, attendees will receive free, hands-on training and
consulting on MariaDB and MySQL® database solutions from the experts at
SkySQL, MariaDB, Continuent, ScaleDB, Severalnines, Sphinx, and Webyog,
among others. SkySQL and MariaDB will bring together industry
visionaries, including Michael (Monty) Widenius and David Axmark, the
original authors of the MySQL database, to share their insights on
current and future trends pertaining to the world's most popular open
source database.

To learn more about this free event, visit

The schedule for the event is here:

Attendees are also invited to participate in Drizzle Day – a parallel
event co-hosted by SkySQL, Percona, and the Drizzle Development Team,
featuring tutorials on the Drizzle database.

== User Feedback plugin ===============================================

MariaDB includes a User Feedback plugin. This plugin is disabled by
default. If enabled, it submits basic, completely anonymous MariaDB
usage information. This information is used by the developers to track
trends in MariaDB usage to better guide development efforts.

If you would like to help make MariaDB better, please add to your my.cnf file! On Windows, add
"feedback=ON" to your my.ini file, or click the checkbox during the
installation of the MSI package.

See for more information.

== Quality ============================================================

The project always strives for quality, but in reality, nothing is
perfect. Please take time to report any issues you encounter at:

== Where else to find us ==============================================
We're on Facebook:
We're on Twitter:!/mariadb
We're on Google Plus:

We hope you enjoy MariaDB!
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