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Apache Subversion 1.7.0 Released

“I’m happy to announce the release of Apache Subversion 1.7.0. This is a major new feature release of Subversion, containing many new
features, bugfixes and general usability improvements. The full extent of the changes is too large to enumerate here, and I encourage
you to read the release notes (linked to below).

To download the release, please choose the mirror closest to you by visiting:

Amazon Disables 3G Web Browsing For New 3G Kindle Touch

On Slashdot:

Amazon‘s going to disable 3G web browsing on their upcoming ‘Kindle Touch 3G’ — even though it was a prominent feature of the last generation of Kindles. Amazon will still allow web browsing on the Kindle Touch 3G using a local Wi-Fi connection, but it’s one of many unsettling details emerging from Amazon’s announcement last week. Apparently Amazon’s cloud will now also include a list of personal documents that you’re mailing to your Kindle. And the on-screen keyboard for Amazon’s bargain $79 Kindles won’t be a touchscreen keyboard, so users will have to nudge the controller repeatedly to gradually navigate from one key to the next.”

Google Drops Cloud Lawsuit Against US Government

On Slashdot:

“A year ago, Google sued the U.S. government because the government’s request for proposals for a cloud project mandated Microsoft Office; Google felt, for obvious reasons, that this was discriminatory. Google has now withdrawn the suit, claiming that the Feds promised to update their policies (PDF) to allow Google to compete. The only problem is that the government claims it did no such thing.”

Oracle May ‘Fork Itself’ With MySQL Moves

From Slashdot:
“Ars Technica analyzes the recent commercial additions by Oracle to MySQL Enterprise and the additional unrest it’s added to the community. Oracle may be throwing itself out of the community as it pushes more customers to look at fully open-source alternatives.”

Amazon To Launch Kindle Tablet

On SlashDot:
Rumors abound that Amazon wants a taste of the tablet market and will unveil a Kindle Tablet later this week. The prevailing thought is Amazon will offer a device that will cost under $300 and will tether closely to its music, movie and digital book content. From the article: “Amazon has brand recognition, a bevy of existing loyal Kindle e-reader owners, and a Web-based e-commerce platform that includes one-click access to buying e-books, movies, digital music downloads, its own Android app store, and streaming media catalog. That adds up to Amazon being uniquely suited to go head-to-head with Apple in the tablet market and become a formidable competitor across the industry.”

MariaDB 5.3.1-beta now available!

The MariaDB project would like to announce the availability of MariaDB 5.3.1-beta, the latest addition to our growing lineup of supported software. MariaDB 5.3.1-beta is a bug-fix update to the previous 5.3.0-beta. The MariaDB 5.3 series introduces many new features, includes MariaDB 5.2, and is based on MySQL 5.1. Some highlights of new features in MariaDB 5.3 include:

– subquery optimizations that finally make subqueries usable
– many optimizer changes, including Classic Hash Join, Batched Key Access, a new implementation of Multi-Range-Read optimizations as well as Index Condition Pushdown
– NoSQL-style interfaces via the HandlerSocket plugin as well as dynamic columns
– group commit in XtraDB when the binary log is enabled
– Microsoft Windows performance improvements

These are just some of the highlights, and for a full list of changes, please read the What is MariaDB 5.3 page:

A complete changelog for this beta is available from:

Sources, binaries and packages can be downloaded from:

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

The project always strives for quality, and being a beta release, we know that not everything can be perfect. Please take some time to
report any issues you may encounter at: https://bugs.launchpad.net/maria

Enjoy MariaDB 5.3.1-beta & Happy Testing!