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MariaDB 5.5.20-alpha now available


The MariaDB project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of
MariaDB 5.5.20-alpha. MariaDB 5.5.20 is the first Alpha release in the
5.5 series. We hope to follow it up soon with a beta 5.5 release.

MariaDB 5.5.20-alpha is a merge of MariaDB 5.3 and MySQL 5.5 with some
limited additional bug fixes. This is the first 5.5-based release, and
we are releasing it now, intentionally without any extra features, and
with it missing some planned features, to get it into the hands of any
who might want to test it. Extra features planned for MariaDB 5.5 will
be pushed into subsequent releases.

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

== MariaDB 5.5.20-alpha Release Notes, Changelog, Downloads ===========

The release notes for MariaDB 5.5.20-alpha 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
--plugin-load=feedback.so 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 http://kb.askmonty.org/en/user-feedback-plugin for more information.

== MariaDB Crash Course book ==========================================

We would also like to mention the book "MariaDB Crash Course", by Ben
Forta. This book - for beginner to intermediate level users - will get
you up and running with MariaDB, even if you've never used a database
before. More information is available at:

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

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

We hope you enjoy MariaDB!

Daniel Bartholomew
MariaDB - http://mariadb.org
Monty Program - http://montyprogram.com
AskMonty Knowledgebase - http://kb.askmonty.org