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MySQL AB rakes in the cash, The Apache Foundation updates its namesake server, and Fedora Core 5 makes its debut.

MySQL AB Posts Record Profits

Citing 2,000 new customers and strong demand for its pproducts, MySQL AB (http://www.mysql.com), the proprietors of the popular, open source database MySQL, announced record monthly, quarterly, and annual profits for its fiscal year ending in December 2005. In addition, the company launched significant partnerships with a variety of hardware and software vendors, extending the reach of the company.
According to Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL AB, MySQL 5.0, the most recent release of the company’s flasgship database and its most expansive revision of the software to date, has been downloaded more than 4 million times since October 2005. Mickos also cited the release of MySQL 5.0 as a major milestone for the company and attributed the stellar financial performance to the new software.” Our fourth quarter shipment of MySQL 5.0 allowed us to close the strongest month, quarter, and year in our ten-year history,” Mickos said. Mickos counted Dell Computer, Red Hat, Ingram Micro, SCO, and Hewlett-Packard among its new, substantive distribution partners.
In addition to MySQL 5.0, the company also recently debuted its MySQL Network, an attractively-priced subscription service that includes access to certified MySQL software, updates and upgrades, proactive alerts and advisors, the online MySQL knowledgebase, and full production-level technical support. The cost of the MySQL Network is $595 per server, per year.

The World Wide Web’s Best Server Gets Better

In case you missed it, the Apache Software Foundation recently (December 2005) released Apache HTTP Server 2.2.0. In addition to increased performance, the virtually ubiquitous web server software — Apache powers more than 70 percent of the world’s web sites — is more capable and easier to administer.
For example, Apache 2.2.0 now supports file downloads greater than two gigabytes (on 32-bit Linux and Unix machines) and includes a new module, mod_dbd, that directly connects Apache to relational databases. The default Apache configuration has been greatly simplified and multiple configuration files are now the norm. (Of course, one large httpd.conf is still supported.) Caching and proxying have been greatly improved as well, and the command httpd –M now lists all loaded modules, including dynamic modules loaded via mod_so.
A complete list of the new features in Apache 2.2.0 can be found at http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.2/new_features_2_2.html. You can download the source code for the latest release at http://httpd.apache.org/download.cgi.

Fedora Core 5

By the you read this, Fedora Core 5 should be available from http://fedoraproject.org/.

Planned for release on March 15, the new version of Fedora Core is expansive and ambitious. It is the first version of Fedora to include Mono (the open source implementation of a C# compiler and a Common Language Runtime) and three Mono-based applications, Beagle, f-spot, and tomboy. Beagle is a desktop search tool; f-spot is a desktop photo organizer (see http://www.linux-mag.com/2005-10/diy_01.html); and tomboy (pictured on the new Fedora 5 desktop) is a wiki-like note-taking program.
Other packages included in Fedora Core 5 include Xen 3, the latest version of the open source virtualization software, GCC 4.1, X.org’s X Window System Version 11 Release 7, and up-to-date versions of GNOME and KDE. (GNOME remains the default desktop environment.)
The minimum system requirements for Fedora Core 5 graphical mode is a 400 MHz Pentium II and 256 MB of RAM.

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