On my Fedora Core 3 local test Linux server, MySQL version was 3.x
I upgraded MySQL with bindary download from MySQL.com
Few days back i tried to compile a program with mysql library and got error, it seems mysql-devel package is missing, so compiled RPM for MySQl 4.1 as per
It take about 4 Hours to compile. On my FreeBSD server, it always compile from source when installing from ports, it seems FreeBSD compile is faster than rpmbuild, may be it have to do more work.