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MariaDB instead of MySql

Hans Harder's picture

Any thoughts about replacing MySql with MariaDB in the future ?

Hans

Liraz Siri's picture

Wait and see approach regarding MySQL alternatives

Like many others in the open source community we're taking a conservative wait and see approach with regards to MySQL alternatives such as MariaDB and Drizzle. I wouldn't rule out replacing MySQL in the future, but only after a clear successor has been established. We're going to follow Debian/Ubuntu's stance on phasing out MySQL for something else. It's not yet clear if/when that will happen.

PS: sorry for the late response. TKLBAM tapped us out last month!

Jeremy's picture

I think that's wise...

Although TBH it does appear that Oracle are not a 'team' open source player so the future of MySQL as OSS may well be limited.

When Hans first posted this I had no idea what MariaDB was about and so didn't feel I had anything to add. Ironically I was only just reading about it the other day so when you revived the topic Liraz I though I may now have something to add (if only a little and perhaps underinformed). I know there are other options for SQL database such as PostgreSQL but MySQL seems like pretty much the most popular cross platform SQL database. And as a fork of MySQL (apparently forked by one of the main devs of MySQL?), MariaDB does seem an appealing option.

Hans Harder's picture

yeah, it find it also a bit

yeah, it find it also a bit of a strange name :)

It all depends a bit how Oracle will support/continue with MySQL and what kind of pressure they apply for getting people to move to the oracle database.

Its good to know that there is a dropin alternative maintained by one off the creators of MySQL, but I agree that this is maybe too soon...perhaps when it gets adopted by Ubuntu it will be a turning point.

QUOTE:  ech`echo xiun|tr nu oc|sed 'sx\([sx]\)\([xoi]\)xo un\2\1 is xg'`ol

Time has ticked past and

Time has ticked past and perhaps now is the time to consider an appliance that leverages MariaDB over MySQL.

Jeremy's picture

I suspect that Debian will stick with MySQL for Wheezy

As it is in the final stages of testing ATM (with a stable release immanent).

As such, I expect that the TKL guys will follow Debian's lead on this one.

Although ultimately I think the writing is on the wall. First OpenSUSE and Fedora (and I assume CentOS by implication) and more recently Arch and Slackware... it looks like the hegemony of MySQL being 'the' default database are numbered...!

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