New mysql51 packages are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.
MySQL is a multi-user, multi-threaded SQL database server. It consists of the MySQL server daemon (mysqld) and many client programs and libraries.
The mysql51 package, provided as a Software Collection, is a metapackage that installs all necessary packages in order to use MySQL version 5.1. Software Collections allow users to install and use multiple versions of the same package in one system. Software Collection packages are installed into an alternate directory. Note that the MySQL 5.1 packages are provided only for the purposes of migrating to MySQL 5.5. You should not use the mysql51* packages on any of your production systems.
For more information about the changes included in MySQL 5.1, refer to the release notes
This enhancement update adds the mysql51 packages to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. Install the mysql51 package in order to use the MySQL 5.1 server on your system, or as an intermediate step in the migration process to MySQL 5.5. (BZ#924769
Note: for more information on the migration from MySQL 5.0 to MySQL 5.5, refer to chapter "Migrating from MySQL 5.0 to MySQL 5.5" in the "Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Deployment Guide" at https://access.redhat.com/site/documentation/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux/.
Note: Red Hat will not issue any more security advisories for the MySQL 5.0 packages (mysql-5.0.* and related packages). Security advisories will be provided only for MySQL 5.5.
All users who require mysql51 are advised to install these new packages.