With the release of 10.1.8, MariaDB takes a next step. MariaDB 10.1 is now considered a stable release.
MariaDB 10.1 has a couple of main themes:
- High Availability
During the last few years there have been many request for more security features in MariaDB. Actually it’s a trend in general. Since open source software is getting more attractive all the time, more functionality is wanted in areas where proprietary software typically has been leading. This is especially true for databases. In addition data privacy is a very hot topic.
The MariaDB Foundation Board has been meeting monthly since February and on Monday this week had the third meeting of the year. Here is an update on a couple of things from the meeting.
We’re happy to announce that Booking.com has renewed their support to the foundation. As a major corporate sponsor Booking.com has been offered a seat on the Foundation board. Booking.com nominated Eric Herman. Eric has a history with MySQL dating from 2004 where he joined MySQL working on the server and tools. In 2010, Eric joined Booking.com where he works on database scaling challenges and BigData. Read more
Last week, a SSL connection security vulnerability was reported for MySQL and MariaDB. The vulnerability states that since MariaDB and MySQL do not enforce SSL when SSL support is enabled, it’s possible to launch Man In The Middle attacks (MITM). MITM attacks can capture the secure connection and turn it into an insecure one, revealing data going back and forth to the server.
Issue resolution in MariaDB is visible through the corresponding ticket in MariaDB’s tracking system (JIRA): https://mariadb.atlassian.net/browse/MDEV-7937
The vulnerability affects the client library of the database server in both MariaDB and MySQL. But, the vulnerability does not affect all the libraries, drivers or connectors for establishing SSL connections with the server. Read more
About two and a half years ago I wrote about how the MariaDB project moved bug reporting from Launchpad to JIRA. Every now and then I get contacted about how it was done and whether I would be willing to share the tools used for doing it and of course I’ve done that. Especially in one occasion the scripts were even further developed by one company that was in the process of doing exactly the same, i.e. moving bugs from Launchpad to JIRA. Thanks for the enhancements Philip Colmer from Linaro!
In Launchpad there isn’t a readymade tool for exporting bugs and I didn’t find any 3rd party tools for doing it. Read more
Year 2014 was an important year for the MariaDB project with the release of MariaDB 10.0. Adoption continued to grow both organically and by MariaDB being included both in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Suse Linux Enterprise Server distributions as the default database option. Ubuntu started providing MariaDB as an option since their release 14.04. MariaDB also came available in many cloud services, e.g. DBaaS in the Rackspace Cloud and Cloud Foundry. Those are just a few highlights. There is of course a lot of other news from last year which has already been covered earlier.
If you’re interested in what the MariaDB Foundation worked on last year, Monty wrote a wrap-up on it. Read more
One could say that MariaDB originates from Finland’s capital Helsinki. In fact so does MySQL. It was in the Helsinki area that MySQL saw daylight. It was here that Monty Widenius laid the ground for MySQL already in the 80’s, maybe even 1979, when he created UNIREG from which parts were reused when he together with the other 2 founders of MySQL released the first version of MySQL in 1995.
Today marks a milestone in terms of the MariaDB project – going forward, the MariaDB project plans to use Github and git for source code management. The migration happens from Launchpad and the bzr tool.
The 10.1 server development (under heavy development now) will happen on Github. You can check it out here: https://github.com/MariaDB/server. Feel free to watch, star or even fork the code, and send us contributions!
In January I wrote my first post about node.js and MariaDB . In February I continued with a second post about using jQuery and some GIS calculations. Now it is time for the third and this time the main focus is not so much on GIS functionality, but instead on the capabilities MariaDB has for handling piles of unstructured data. In this case I’ll be focusing on crunching a pile of XML files without importing the XML data itself.