The MariaDB Foundation is happy to announce that Percona, one of the oldest and most well known open source database support and services companies, has joined as a sponsor of the MariaDB Foundation.
Percona’s ongoing commitment to the open source database community is reflected in several ways, including hosting the Percona Live Open Source Database Conference, participating in meet-ups and webinars, and partnering with other key players in the open source database arena, including Mesosphere, Microsoft and AWS. Sponsorship of the MariaDB Foundation will help the Foundation support continuity and open collaboration in the MariaDB ecosystem, drive adoption, and serve an ever-growing community of users and developers.
The 2017 accounting for the MariaDB Foundation has been completed and the key figures are:
- Total income: 476,952.38 USD
- Total expenses: 476,952.38 USD
- Net income after adjustments: 153,890.65 USD
Staff costs were about 292 000 USD. Travel costs were only about 30 000 USD. The remaining 23 000 USD is administration (accounting, finances, legal) and other expenses. As some of our staff cost is also administration (mostly the CEO) we can estimate that about 90 % (260k out of 292k) goes to software development related activities (including documentation and packaging), so we are quite efficient on how the funds are used. Read more
The MariaDB Foundation is publicly testing two new communications tools, Rocket.Chat and Zulip, and we’re seeing if they can meet a few of our requirements.
Roughly in order of importance:
1) Open Source
2) A tool similar in functionality to the proprietary Slack.
3) A tool for internal staff chat, replacing some of the proprietary options used at present.
4) A tool with a good hosted solution so that we do not have to worry about hosting and maintaining.
5) A tool to replace/enhance IRC (preferably with good integration).
6) A replacement for proprietary voice and video call channels mainly for internal use. Read more
The MariaDB Foundation has added Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin, Monero and Ripple to the list of ways to contribute financially.
After experiencing problems with Paypal and disabling it as a means of contribution, our individual donations dropped off as not everyone found the alternatives, such as paying directly into the bank account, convenient.
We recently adding Liberapay as a payment method, and have now started accepting a number of cryptocurrencies. If you wish to donate in a cryptocurrency that is not yet supported, please let us know (you can do so in the comments on this post), and if there is enough demand we will consider adding it as an option. Read more
2017 was an excellent year for MariaDB.
The Foundation was joined by several new sponsoring members; IBM, Alibaba Cloud, Tencent Cloud and Microsoft. This was the first year the Foundation did not run out of funds at the end of the year and we were able to fully compensate our staff. The members have also helped us reach wider ecosystems and helped the Foundation in its mission of supporting continuity and open collaboration in the MariaDB ecosystem.
In 2017, MariaDB Server was more active than ever, with 8 releases of the 10.2 series, including the first stable release in May, 10 releases of the 10.1 series, 5 releases of the 10.0 series and 4 releases of the 5.5 series. Read more
2017 has been very successful for the entire MariaDB ecosystem. There have been great strides on all fronts including adoption, funding, collaboration, products, services and of course, in the development and maintenance of the MariaDB Server code itself.
We are also proud to announce that this is also reflected in the MariaDB Foundation’s board, which saw several new members elected to it in 2017. In June 2017 the board elected 3 new members: Xiaobin Lin from Alibaba Cloud, Todd Boyd from IBM and Barry Abrahamson. Barry is employed by Automattic, but he was elected to represent the user community. Read more
The MariaDB Foundation is a non-profit organization, funded entirely by sponsors and donations. 2017 saw a surge in corporate donations, but a dropoff in private donations. This was mainly due to experiencing problems with Paypal, which we disabled, so there was no easy way for individuals to make donations for much of the year.
This has now changed with the Foundation setting up an account on Liberapay. Liberapay is a recurring donations platform, and is itself an open project structured around a non-profit organization. It does not take any cut of the donations, but is instead funded through donations on its own platform, and withdrawing funds to a Euro account is also free. Read more
MariaDB Foundation today announced that Microsoft has become a platinum sponsor. The sponsorship will help the Foundation in its goals to support continuity and open collaboration in the MariaDB ecosystem, and to drive adoption, serving an ever growing community of users and developers.
“Joining the MariaDB Foundation as a Platinum member is a natural next step in Microsoft’s open source journey. In addition to Microsoft Azure’s strong support for open source technologies, developers can use their favorite database as a fully managed service on Microsoft Azure that will soon include MariaDB.” said Rohan Kumar, General Manager for Database Systems at Microsoft. Read more