db4free.net has just welcomed its 1,000th visitor! This project went online on 29th of June this year.
db4free.net is - as far as I know - the first and only database provider that offer's MySQL 5 databases for free. The server currently runs MySQL 5.0.13-rc-Max. So it also gives the opportunity to test storage engines like BerkeleyDB, Archive or Federated which are not available in the standard packages.
This project gives interested people a chance to test new features of MySQL 5 without the need to run a server at their own. I hope, people get used and comfortable with these new feature. Many users will probably move their databases to a commercial Internet Service Provider after testing at db4free.net, so they might probably prefer an ISP running MySQL 5 rather than an ISP running the older versions. Maybe that's a little contribution to accelerate the ISP's decision to update to MySQL 5.
More details about the project can be found at http://www.db4free.net/index.php?content=port_faq