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Submission + - MySQL Falcon Storage Engine open sourced

An anonymous reader writes: The source for the Falcon Storage Engine for MySQL, has been released as open source. Mr. Jim Starkey is behind the creation of this new Storage engine for MYSQL. Mr. Starkey also known as the father of Interbase, has also been previousoly involved with the Firebird SQL database project. Falcon is a completely new storage engine. Falcon looks to be the long awaited open source storage engine that will perhaps become the primary choice for MySQL and along the way offer some innovation and performance improvements over current storage engine alternatives.

Link to source : http://mysql.bkbits.com/

For more information visit : http://www.mysql.org/doc/refman/5.1/en/se-falcon.h tml
OS X

Submission + - ZFS Shows Up in New Leopard Build

Udo Schmitz writes: "As a follow-up to rumours from May this year, World of Apple has a screenshot showing Sun's Zettabyte File System in "the most recent Build of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard". Though I still wonder: If it is not meant to replace HFS+, could there be any other reasons to support ZFS?"
Announcements

Submission + - PostgreSQL 8.2 released

VincenzoRomano writes: "On Dec. 5th the PostgreSQL Global Development Group is proud to announce the release of PostgreSQL 8.2, the world's most advanced open source database. Apart of the usual fixes, among the features of this new version are:

* Higher performance (+20% on OLTP tests)
* Improved Warm standby databases
* Online index builds
* SQL2003 aggregates
* Improved TSearch2 with Generalized Inverted Indexes
* Support for DTrace probes
* Advisory Locks
* New ISN/ISBN and pgCrypto modules
* Selective pg_dump options

For full details about this release, please click here
It could be of some interest also a recent database field test involving PostgreSQL 8.2 against MySQL 4.1.20 and MySQL 5.1.20a."
Television

Submission + - Firefly actors save the day @ cancelled convention

qohen writes: Via instapundit.com:

BIG DAMN HEROES: The Firefly convention was cancelled, but nonetheless: "Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Mark Sheppard, Jonathan Woodward, Christina Hendricks and Adam Baldwin have all turned up and are partying with fans at the hotel bar into the night at the cancelled convention Flanvention. These actors? I don't have the words."

More here.

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