It is hard to keep track of what is evolving in the MySQL environment. But there are three quick things you can do to help keep yourself up to speed.
Sheeri K. Cabral and Sarah Novotny put together a weekly podcast that you need to be hearing. The February 11th edition was an in depth look at using logical volume snapshots with my colleague Lenz Gimmer. If you use LVM or are looking for a way to snapshot your instance, this is a master class on the subject.
Upcoming free seminars on MySQL Administration Tools, the new Enterprise backup product, and the latest on cluster are going to be presented in the next few weeks.
3. Appendix D
Appendix D in the MySQL Manual lets you see what is changing in the server. It lists bugs fixed and functionality added or changed in the product.
Anyone have other suggestion on keeping current on changes in the MySQL Environment?