Didn't research this in any detail at all, just did
what I needed to get me going, and submitting this in
case someone wants to know.
Installed MySQLdb-0.9.2 and ZMySQLDA 2.0.8 on FreeBSD
with MySQL 3.23.48 (no idea of the details of these
versions, I'm not the sys admin).
ZMySQLDA product installed OK, but in trying to
instantiate a db connection, got an error that
attribute server_capabilities could not be found.
Traced the problem to line 183 of db.py, where I
cynaged the offending line to set the value manually to
0 instead of attempting to look up the value in that
attribute. Not the best solution, but it got me unstuck.