On the Internet Super Hero blog, there's this new post giving examples of compiling the MySQL native driver (mysqlnd) with different versions of PHP - 5.2, 5.3 and 6.0.
A user comment made clear that we need to send out a quick status update on how to install / compile mysqlnd with PHP 5.2, 5.3 and 6.0 .
The instructions are only slightly different for each of the version, mainly in the version that's checked out from CVS. The PHP 5.2.x part, however, suggests that you go ahead and make the move to/wait for PHP 5.3 to use the extension. It's still in beta and (probably) won't be included in any of the 5.2.x branches.