MariaDB & Ecosystem Fragmentation

We hear you, Kristian Köhntopp! Thank you  for taking the time to articulate what many others are probably thinking.

For those of you to whom this sounds cryptic, let me share how I interpreted Kristian Köhntopp’s blog MySQL: Ecosystem fragmentation (https://blog.koehntopp.info/2020/10/28/
mysql-ecosystem-fragmentation.html
), published last week:

Kristian noted that the question “Which version of MySQL do you run on?” for a long time hasn’t been merely answered by a simple version number, since there are reasons to perceive MariaDB and Aurora to be “variations to the same theme”. 

Selecting the right database

How do you select a database in practice? How do you pretend to select it? And, if you want to be serious, how do you select it logically?

Those are the key questions I dug into, during my keynote last week at Percona Live Online.


For those who feel they don’t want to listen to the entire 30 minute video of the presentation, I have compiled a number of entry points for you below:

  • 0:23 Silly hat meme, “Teknologmössa”
  • 2:19 Agenda
  • 2:43 Choosing a database in practice
  • 3:59 Pretending to choose a database
  • 5:00 Triggers for making a fresh choice
  • 5:51 Monetary impulses
  • 7:53 Database lifecycle impulses
  • 10:07 MariaDB 5.5 on Github
  • 11:24 Framework for database choice: 1.

On Contributions, Pride and Cockiness

At MariaDB Foundation, we are proud of MariaDB Server getting plenty of contributions. But we don’t want to get cocky, so here is an update about where we stand, and what we want to make happen.

First, we have shown our contribution pride in several places. On 15 February 2019, I tweeted

Repeating: On code contributions, #MariaDB beats #MySQL 1009 to 247: We have over a thousand (1009) closed pull requests on GitHub (and 179 open), MySQL has 247 closed (1 open).

In our Annual Report 2018, we spent several pages, talking about pull requests and patches, showing code contribution statistics. …

Authentication in MariaDB 10.4 — Understanding the Changes

MariaDB Server 10.4 came with a whole lot of Security related changes. Some of them are merely optimizations (like MDEV-15649), some improve existing features to be more robust (MDEV-15473, MDEV-7598) or convenient (MDEV-12835, MDEV-16266). Some are MySQL compatibility features, requested by our users (MDEV-7597, MDEV-13095).

But the first thing any MariaDB Server user, whether an experienced veteran or a newbie, does — before even issuing the first SQL statement — is logging in. Authenticating to the database server. …

MariaDB 5.5.60 now available

The MariaDB Foundation is pleased to announce the immediate availability of MariaDB 5.5.60. This is a stable (GA) release. See the release notes and changelog for details.

Download MariaDB 5.5.60

Release Notes Changelog What is MariaDB 5.5?

MariaDB APT and YUM Repository Configuration Generator

Contributors to MariaDB 5.5.60

Alexander Barkov (MariaDB Corporation)
Alexey Botchkov (MariaDB Corporation)
Daniel Bartholomew (MariaDB Corporation)
Daniel Black (IBM)
Eugene Kosov (Tempesta)
Igor Babaev (MariaDB Corporation)
Karim Geiger (TYVR)
Marko Mäkelä (MariaDB Corporation)
Oleksandr Byelkin (MariaDB Corporation)
Sachin Setiya (MariaDB Corporation)
Sergei Golubchik (MariaDB Corporation)
Varun Gupta (MariaDB Corporation)
Vicențiu Ciorbaru (MariaDB Foundation)
Vladislav Vaintroub (MariaDB Corporation)
14 Contributors

Thanks, and enjoy MariaDB! …

MariaDB 5.5.59 now available

The MariaDB project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of MariaDB 5.5.59. This is a stable (GA) release. See the release notes and changelog for details.

Download MariaDB 5.5.59

Release Notes Changelog What is MariaDB 5.5?

MariaDB APT and YUM Repository Configuration Generator

Thanks, and enjoy MariaDB! …

MariaDB 5.5.58 and MariaDB Connector/ODBC 3.0.2 now available

The MariaDB project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of MariaDB 5.5.58, as well as the recent release of MariaDB Connector/ODBC 3.0.2.

These are both stable (GA) releases. See the release notes and changelog for details.

Download MariaDB 5.5.58

Release Notes Changelog What is MariaDB 5.5?

MariaDB APT and YUM Repository Configuration Generator


Download MariaDB Connector/ODBC 3.0.2

Release Notes Changelog About MariaDB Connector/ODBC


Thanks, and enjoy MariaDB! …

MariaDB 10.2.9, MariaDB 10.1.28 and MariaDB Connector/J Releases now available

The MariaDB project is pleased to announce the availability of MariaDB 10.2.9, MariaDB 10.1.28, MariaDB Connector/J 2.1.2 and MariaDB Connector/J 1.6.5. See the release notes and changelogs for details.

Download MariaDB 10.2.9

Release Notes Changelog What is MariaDB 10.2?

MariaDB APT and YUM Repository Configuration Generator


Download MariaDB 10.1.28

Release Notes Changelog What is MariaDB 10.1?

MariaDB APT and YUM Repository Configuration Generator


Download MariaDB Connector/J 2.1.2

Release Notes Changelog About MariaDB Connector/J


Download MariaDB Connector/J 1.6.5

Release Notes Changelog About MariaDB Connector/J


Thanks, and enjoy MariaDB! …