And I know, what you are going to say, if we didn't get those new features then that old GA version would not be useful, if for no other reason so due to Moore's Law, the software has to keep up with what is going on in the world of Hardware. But MySQL has never been good at that, for example, can someone explain why the sample MySQL config file for big MySQl server, my-huge.cnf, starts with this comment:
# This is for a large system with memory of 1G-2G where the system runs mainly
MySQL has never been very good at keeping up with itself either, the same my-huge.cnf contains a long comment section on how to set up replication by mocking with the config file, something that has been adviced against for ages and which isn't even supported in MySQL 5.6 (or MySQL 5.5 for that matter).
What MySQL needs, in my mind, is more version, less emphasis on adding necessary features for new hardware or for fixing bugs, and more GA versions. 5.6 has been real slow in appearing, which is annoying. There is some good stuff in there, but it's very late.
If you ask me, GA means "This versioon will only get bugfixes from now on". And if this means that important features that should be in production has a long time getting there, then the issue is not to add new features to GA releases released during the Carter administration, but to get some more GA releases out there.
And besides that: Can we modernixe MySQL a bit? Remove old stuff from the distribution that doesn't work or that noone really should use? Add stuff that is up-to-date, like sample config files for Amazon EC2? Right? And possibly tools integrated with EC2? Or iOS? Or Ubuntu?
And yes, I am aware that I myself is a firm beliver in awk, vi and autotools, which are awfully old technologies. So maybe my views shouldn't be taken too seriously, and I just want to stir up a debate?