Is mysql 5.6 fit for production use ? What is the difference between Release Candidate and GA?

DhruvPathak asked:

MySQL 5.6 has lot of features which appeal an application we need to create.
But 5.6 is not available as GA release, is RC release stable enough to be used in production ?

My answer:

The GA release would be considered stable enough to use in production, while the RC release is in the final stages of testing before general availability.

What this means for your application is:

Since the app you plan to develop needs features in the release candidate, it’s fine to use it in development, provided you also switch to the 5.6 GA release as soon as it’s available (and retest your app against it).

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