The second alpha release for PostgreSQL version 8.5, 8.5alpha2, is now available. This alpha contains several new major features added since the previous alpha. Please download, install, and test it to give us early feedback on the features being developed for the next version of PostgreSQL.
Features added in Alpha2 include:
These new major features mean that we need you to participate in testing them. If you are able to help with organized alpha testing, please see the Alpha/Beta testing page
Alphas are not stable and should never be used in production; they are for testing new features only. There will be two more alphas, about every 2 months, before an 8.5 beta release. There is no guarantee that any features or APIs present in the alphas will be present, or the same, in the final release.
More detail is available in the Release Notes included with each alpha
Alpha2 is currently available in source code form only. Binary packages for some operating systems will be prepared in the coming days.
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