Server Fest Conclusions

The MariaDB Server Fest 2020 is now over! Time for some spontaneous, initial reflections.

The MariaDB Server Fest 

To recap, MariaDB Server Fest

  • was a virtual conference
  • spread out over three days in September 2020
  • taking place first in Paris, then in New York, and last in Singapore / Beijing (three days in each location)

The Fest was a first for MariaDB Foundation

The Server Fest was a first in many ways, for MariaDB Foundation:

  • The first time we addressed the users of MariaDB Server – not the developers of MariaDB Server
  • The first time we went virtual – so far, we have always met face to face
  • The first time we did a conference with Call for Papers and an approval process – earlier, we had what we called unconferences, with a very spontaneous agenda

A roaring success

The numbers speak for themselves:

  • over 10.000 unique video views on YouTube alone
  • over 2.000 simultaneous viewers on Bilibili.com
  • 35 talks by 30 presenters
  • twelve live streams, each with six hours of talks 

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A GSoC internship with the MariaDB Foundation

Introduction

Hi, my name is Kartik Soneji, and I am a second year student at Thadomal Shahani Engineering College, Mumbai. I have been programming since the age of 13. I started out with Java, then learnt a little C++ before diving head first into web development with HTML, CSS and JavaScript. I also programmed a bit in Python and Rust to see what all the hype was about.

My primary motivation to contribute to the open source community is because I strongly believe in the idea that software is free, to copy, modify and study.

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Beijing and Singapore MariaDB Server Fests

MariaDB Server Fest is coming to Asia Pacific! Beijing and Singapore are the two symbols for the timezones, much like Paris for the Server Fest in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and New York for the Server Fest in the Americas.

The reason we have two different symbols for the same time zone is that we want to adapt to the different Internet landscape in China.

Singapore is like Paris and New York

For Singapore, things look like they do in Paris and New York.

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Server Fest Presenter List

The MariaDB Server Fest next month has approved quite a number of exciting presentations. The presenters are now busy filming their presentations, which will be aired three times – Monday to Wednesday 14-16 September 2020 in the Paris timezone (for EMEA), Tuesday to Thursday 15-17 September 2020 in the New York timezone (for the Americas), and Friday to Sunday 18-20 September 2020 in the Beijing timezone (for APAC).

Interactivity through cloning

Through logic (not magic), we have cloned the presenters. As the presentation is aired in the form of video, slides and voice, the presenter is fully concentrating on following what you, the attendee, ask in the chat room.

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MariaDB 10.5.5, 10.4.14, 10.3.24, 10.2.33 and 10.1.46 now available

The MariaDB Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of MariaDB 10.5.5, MariaDB 10.4.14, MariaDB 10.3.24, MariaDB 10.2.33 and MariaDB 10.1.46, the latest stable releases in their respective series.

See the release notes and changelogs for details.

Download MariaDB 10.5.5

Release Notes Changelog What is MariaDB 10.5?


Download MariaDB 10.4.14

Release Notes Changelog What is MariaDB 10.4?


Download MariaDB 10.3.24

Release Notes Changelog What is MariaDB 10.3?

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Multilingual MariaDB video on Set Theory Features

Our very own Ian Gilfillan has created a brief and clear video called Get Set for Set Theory: UNION, INTERSECT and EXCEPT in SQL


Get Set for Set Theory: UNION, INTERSECT and EXCEPT in SQL

In a tad more than six minutes, you’ll see exactly how UNION, INTERSECT and EXCEPT work, starting in MariaDB 10.3, a few years back.

Ian explains what they are for, and the option to change default behaviour of DISTINCT with ALL (of which the ALL option was introduced in MariaDB 10.5).

That’s not new.

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Register for the MariaDB Server Fest

The MariaDB Server Fest is approaching fast and registration is now open. We’ve been busy fine tuning things according to the input we got during the Call for Attendance, as well as selecting the final talks.

We have an excellent series of sessions lined up. Whether you’re interested in best practices, migration, new features, use cases, or the latest on hardware innovations and MariaDB, there’ll be something for you when it kicks off on 14 September.

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Downloads – A fresh new look

It’s been close to four months since we announced our new project of renewing MariaDB Downloads. We are now ready to launch our first version. We have done a lot of work behind the scenes which will simplify further developments. A technical breakdown post is coming, but for now, let’s focus on the new features!

In with the new

User friendliness – one click to download

New downloads form

User friendliness is at the core of MariaDB (going all the way back to MySQL times). It should be really easy to download, install and run MariaDB.

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