Planet MariaDB has been reworked from scratch, getting a new instance with the same look and feel as the rest of mariadb.org.
Three news items, related to that: One bad, one neutral, one good. I’m saving the good one for last, as I hope you will like it.
Bad news: The old Planet had five different RSS feeds, we now have only one. We maintain the format changes only on one RSS feed, which means that some of you will have to update your RSS feed to https://mariadb.org/planet-feed.xml (also listed on Planet MariaDB). That said, we are working on further redirects;
The latest in the series of video tutorials, it provides an overview of what’s changed with authentication from MariaDB 10.4, and looks in particular at unix_socket authentication. Although you’ll hopefully no longer need it, in case you have reverted to the old password authentication model, there’s the ubiqutous “how to restore access if you’ve lost your password” tutorial as well.
Requiescat in pace. May MariaDB 5.5 rest in peace!
As the maintenance policy of the MariaDB Foundation states, we are committed to maintaining each release for 5 years. MariaDB 5.5 was announced for General Availability on 11 April 2012, so EOL was originally on 11 April 2017. At that point, we extended it by three years, due to its widespread usage in distributions.
Today, we have 11 April 2020, so this is no accidental, sudden death. Everyone could see it coming.
However, we have decided to build one final release MariaDB 5.5.68, with remaining security updates.
Last week, MariaDB Foundation CEO Kaj Arnö asked how MariaDB can help you create great applications, and the first in what is sure to be many attempts to answer that was released today with Senior Software Developer and Team Lead Vicențiu Ciorbaru’s new video titled NoSQL in MariaDB – JSON support.
Demonstrating the primary JSON functions, JSON_VALID, JSON_COMPACT, JSON_DETAILED, JSON_INSERT, JSON_REPLACE, JSON_REMOVE and JSON_EXTRACT, Vicențiu covers the basics of MariaDB’s JSON functionality, culminating in a game data structure that sees footmen and peasant take on grunts in a human vs computer showdown.
Last Wednesday, I received an unexpected text: “Would you like to do some volunteering work? It involves speaking online to some kids for one hour about IT”. It was a classmate from high school.
MariaDB Foundation employees work remotely. Sure, we all meet together in one place a number of times a year so we don’t forget each other’s faces, but in 99% of our logged time, we are distributed around the globe. We are also not required to have a strict working schedule and this offers us the opportunity to say yes easily to these sort of events.
My favourite running track is full! Full of newbie runners, young and old. Mostly running alone, sometimes in pairs – but all following social distancing.
Social distancing can be coupled with emotional closeness. That’s at least what Sauli Niinistö propagates, the President of Finland. In line with these two phenomena – emotional closeness between isolated colleagues, and the boom of running as a source of energy during lockdown – we are launching the Solstice Run.
As initiators, we want to inspire others to start running.
With many of us spending lots of time at home in front of our webcams, MariaDB Foundation’s YouTube channel is getting some love. After lurking quietly after registration, we’ve kickstarted it recently by uploading all presentations from the recent MariaDB Day, held in Brussels in February.
MariaDB Foundation’s CEO, Kaj Arnö, put together Hi from Kaj (the rhyming should help clarify confusion on how to pronounce his name) where he asks for feedback on which video topics you’d like to see us tackle.
For now we’re focusing on features already available in MariaDB, not features. Read more
Congratulations, MariaDB Corporation, on releasing SkySQL, a DBaaS offering for MariaDB Server! This is a big step for MariaDB Corporation, and we in the MariaDB Foundation hope it’s going to be a success for you and for MariaDB Server.
We welcome SkySQL as a further contributor to the adoption of MariaDB Server, and look forward to it driving in new categories of users.
To find out more, check out https://mariadb.com/skysql/.