With the upcoming release of MySQL 5.7 I begin to see a problem which I think needs attention at least for 5.8 or whatever comes next.
- The GA release cycle is too long, being about 2 years and that means 3 years between upgrades in a production environment
- More people use MySQL and the data it holds becomes more important. So playing with development versions while possible becomes harder. This is bad for Oracle as they do not get the feedback they need to adjust the development of new features and have to best guess the right choices.
- Production DBAs do want new features and crave them if it makes our life easier, if performance improves, but we also have to live in an environment which is sufficiently stable. This is a hard mixture of requirements to work with.
- In larger environments the transition from one major version to another, even when