InnoDB 5.1 !

There’s a new version of InnoDB 5.1 available:

The early adopter release of InnoDB Plugin for MySQL is available for MySQL 5.1 and later, in source and binary (for most platforms) and is licensed under GPLv2. Users can dynamically INSTALL the InnoDB Plugin to replace the built-in InnoDB within MySQL 5.1 Linux and other Unix-like operating systems (and soon on Windows) without compiling from source or relinking MySQL. (For now, Windows users must re-build from source.)

Nice… check out this feature set!

Fast index creation: add or drop indexes without copying the data
Data compression: shrink tables, to significantly reduce storage and i/o
New row format: fully off-page storage of long BLOB, TEXT, and VARCHAR columns

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