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New features of NuSphere allow commercial transaction processing for Open
Source database

NuSphere, a Progress Software Company and provider of NuSphere MySQL?,
the leading packaged software product
for the open source database marketplace, has announced that it has
formally contributed a significant code
enhancement to MySQL, providing database programmers with more complex
transactional capabilities that
dramatically expand business application possibilities for MySQL. MySQL is
the most popular database running
on the Linux operating system.

Since NuSphere formed in June 2000, its development team has been working
on ‘Gemini’, the company’s code name
for the development work that now adds a robust transactional storage
engine, providing row-level locking to

A formal release of the alpha version of MySQL Version 4.0 is due to be
made available to the public later
this year. The release of Gemini is being issued in accordance with the
General Public License (GPL).

"NuSphere has identified a very important technical enhancement needed to
transform MySQL into an
enterprise-enabled database capable of competing with commercial
heavyweights," said Michael Widenius, chief
technology officer of MySQL AB. "In MySQL’s five-year history, this is the
most significant contribution from
a source outside MySQL AB that has occurred."

Additional features added to MySQL through Gemini include:

- ACID transactions suitable for financial applications;

- Row-level locking;

- Support for features that build on row-level locking like ‘select for
update’ that selects records and locks
them so that they can be updated at a later date;

- Automatic crash recovery;

- Security

About NuSphere Corporation
NuSphere, a Progress Software Company (NASDAQ: PRGS), provides enhanced
open source software and commercial
services for MySQL-powered Web sites and applications. NuSphere’s
products include NuSphere MySQL, an
enhanced distribution of the most popular open source database, MySQL.
NuSphere provides commercial software
services including technical support, consulting and training for MySQL.

NuSphere is a partner working with MySQL AB and the primary MySQL
developers to promote the development and
deployment of MySQL around the world, and provides funding for development
resources dedicated to expanding
the capabilities of MySQL. NuSphere’s partnership ensures that our
customers have the best source for MySQL
software and services. For more information, visit http//

About PSC

Founded in 1981, PSC, or Progress Software Corporation, (NASDAQ: PRGS) is
the parent organisation for PSC's
wholly owned subsidiaries, SonicSoftware, and NuSphere Corporation, and
PSC's business unit, the Progress
Company. The company is dedicated to providing the best technologies for
all aspects of e-business
development, deployment, integration and management.

NuSphere is a trademark of NuSphere Corporation. MySQL is a trademark of
MySQL AB. All other trademarks
contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

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