Release date: 15 Feb 2012
MariaDB 5.3.4 is a Release Candidate release. In general this means that there are no known serious bugs, except for those marked as feature requests and no bugs were fixed since the last release which caused any notable code changes. We believe the code is ready for general usage (based on bug inflow), but we want a short additional period of testing before calling it stable.
Compared to MariaDB 5.3.0, 5.3.1, 5.3.2, and 5.3.3, MariaDB 5.3.4 is a bug-fix release with a focus on stability, performance, and usability. It is the fourth release of the 5.3 series and fixes bugs found in the previous 5.3.x beta and rc releases.
For a list of every change made in MariaDB 5.3.4, with links to detailed information on each push, see the MariaDB 5.3.4 Changelog. It is worth noting that MariaDB 5.3 is built on MariaDB 5.2, MariaDB 5.1, and MySQL 5.1.
In most respects MariaDB will work exactly as MySQL: all commands, interfaces, libraries and APIs that exist in MySQL also exist in MariaDB.
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