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Rename Maria Contest Winner

After two months of submissions, Monty Program employee review, community voting and Monty’s final decision, we are happy to announce that the Maria storage engine will henceforth be known as …


Congratulations to Chris Tooley who suggested the name. Chris said about Aria in his submission, “Maria without the ‘M’, plus aria is a pleasant musical term.” Chris is now the proud new owner of a System 76 Meerkat net-top computer. Thanks to our good friends at System76 for providing this nifty prize.

Hopefully, in time, “Aria” will also be a pleasing database engine term. And now we will not have the confusion between MariaDB and Maria.


  1. hingo hingo

    Excellent choice guys! Somehow fits the style of how many FOSS projects have ended up with their names before (like Gnu's Not Unix and what have you).

  2. Marc Delisle Marc Delisle

    When can we expect a release with the new name?

  3. 2010-07-24    

    Once we rename the engine, we expect that the next 5.2 will incorporate the new name. (forward looking statement coming right up :P) And you will see some notable improvements in the engine by 5.3, if all goes to plan in terms of improving the engine.

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