I thought I should praise Innodb team for all the work they have been doing recently. We see a lot of cool stuff happening, especially in the area of our interest which is Performance And Scalability.
Innodb Plugin 1.0.4 had a lot of great performance improvements and 1.0.5/1.0.6 gets even further with long standing caching issues of large full table scan wiping off the cache. The Group Commit bug is also finally fixed now.
Innodb plugin documentation now seems to be merged with MySQL Documentation which makes it much more usable and Innodb Plugin is shipped with MySQL 5.1 which makes it much easier to use which means wider community testing.
Number of patches suggested by community such as Google and Percona were reworked and included in the plugin during latest months.
We can also see Innodb Plugin 1.0.5 is named Release Candidate which hopefully means it will be considered ready for general use – almost 2 years from the date of initial public release and probably 4 years since the work on Innodb plugin features such as compression or Online index creation has started.