Release date: 4 May 2012
MariaDB 5.3.7 is a Stable (GA) release. In general this means that there are no known serious bugs, except for those marked as feature requests, that no bugs were fixed since last release that caused notable code changes, and that we believe the code is ready for general usage (based on bug inflow).
In most respects MariaDB will work exactly as MySQL: all commands, interfaces, libraries and APIs that exist in MySQL also exist in MariaDB.
Includes MariaDB 5.2 and MySQL 5.1.62
This version of MariaDB includes the latest changes to MariaDB 5.2, and, by extension, MariaDB 5.1, including MySQL 5.1.62. See the MariaDB 5.2.12 Release Notes for the changes made in MariaDB 5.2.12 and see Changes in MySQL 5.1.62 for what changed between this and previous MySQL versions.
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