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New MySQL database may ship next month

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MySQL is eyeing a November release date for Version 5 of its open-source database, a major upgrade that the company hopes will make it a bigger player among enterprise customers.

The Swedish company released what may be the final test version of the product, known as a release candidate, about two weeks ago. If no "show-stopper bugs" turn up it will ship the final, commercial version in November, said Kaj Arnö, MySQL vice president for community relations.

The company is calling Version 5 its most significant upgrade yet. It adds a handful of features considered important for enterprises that have long been available from market leaders Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft. Chief among them are triggers, views, and stored procedures.

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