The MariaDB Foundation values our partnerships with our sponsors. Our partnership with IONOS allows us to get insight into how MariaDB Server is used and the direction it should take. As well as generally improving MariaDB Server in many different ways.
At CloudFest 2023, one of the first meetings we had was with Stefan Erkeling from IONOS. It was a very good meeting and it was great to see how much IONOS values our partnership. Stefan indicated in the meeting that there was a performance issue they were hitting and some advice was needed.
Several members of the MariaDB Foundation team were at CloudFest a couple of weeks ago and just before that I was part of the CloudFest Hackathon. In particular I was leading a team for a project implementing MariaDB health checks in WordPress. But, this project is not what I’m talking about today. Today’s story involved a conversation shortly after the event.
Today I want to talk about another Hackathon project called Wapuugotchi and discussions that happened after the Hackathon. The Wapuu is the mascot for WordPress and the amazing team for the Wapuugotchi project made a Wapuu for every organisation represented at the Hackathon.
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.
FOSDEM gives energy. FOSDEM gives ideas. FOSDEM opens up opportunities, FOSDEM allows you to connect with old friends and colleagues. Hence, no big surprise that MariaDB Foundation attended FOSDEM, in order to promote Open Source and to get ourselves closer to the community.
Starting from a pre-FOSDEM dinner with Member of the European Parliament Nils Torvalds, over Open Source Diva Danese Cooper’s keynote about “Open Source is Art”, to the MySQL, MariaDB and Friends Devroom and Sunday’s MariaDB Day, concluding with OpenForum Europe’s meeting on Monday, my previous weekend was packed with encounters, discussions, and ideas around Open Source.
The MariaDB Foundation is proud to put its name behind the SaveDotOrg campaign. We urge the Internet Society (ISOC) to cancel the sale of the Public Interest Registry (PIR) to Ethos Capital. NGOs and non-profits rely on the .org domain, and the proposed sale to a private equity firm puts this pillar of internet freedom at significant risk.
- SaveDotOrg campaign
- Nonprofit Community Stands Together to Protect .ORG
- Coalition Letter on Sale of Public Interest Registry
The MariaDB Foundation today announces that Tencent Games – online game developer and operator by Tencent Interactive Entertainment – has become a Gold Sponsor of the MariaDB Foundation. As one of the world’s largest video game companies, Tencent Games shows the way to the ceaselessly-growing video game industry by supporting the open source development of MariaDB.
The sponsorship will help the Foundation in its mission to ensure continuity and open collaboration in the MariaDB ecosystem, and to drive adoption, serving an ever growing community of users and developers.
Tencent has been actively supporting the open collaboration in MariaDB environment since 2016.
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. …