I just sent an e-mail to the MariaDB announce list (a low-traffic list to which you should subscribe if you’re only interested in important news) the release announcement for MariaDB 5.2.6. The announcement has much more information, as do the release notes and changelog.
Much of the project’s focus over the past weeks has been on the 5.3 and 5.5 series, as beta releases are something we’d like to do very soon. Add to this the continued discussions of potential 5.6 work initially started in Lisbon and the MySQL Users’ Conference last month, and it’s a recipe for neglect of existing stable release trees. Thankfully this is not the case, and the tradition of providing meaningful updates to stable releases continues. Great job!
Speaking of the MySQL-UC, the Monty Program booth in the Expo Hall sold t-shirts and held an auction to raise money for relief efforts in Japan. After some time waiting for Direct Relief International to process payment, I am pleased to report that thanks to the generosity of UC attendees we were able to raise US$664.66 to donate toward the ongoing efforts to bring some sort of normalcy to the country. Thank you to everyone that donated. どうもありがとうございます!