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Moving from MySQL to MariaDB

  1. 1. Moving from MySQL to MariaDBFrom MySQL to MariaDBI read an interesting articlepublished on the ZDNet website about Fedora Linux consideringswitching from MySQL to MariaDB and I have re-published it below for your convenience.Fedora Linux considering switching out MySQL for MariaDBTopic: Data Management Follow via: RSS Email AlertFedora Linux considering switching out MySQL forMariaDBSummary: Fedora Linux’s developers are considering replacing MySQL with MariaDB. That, inturn, might lead to Red Hat abandoning MySQL for MariaDB.By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for Linux and Open Source | January 22, 2013 — 22:39 GMT(14:39 PST)MariaDB, the open-source database management system (DBMS) and MySQL fork, may soonbe replacing MySQL in the Fedora Linux distribution. Since Fedora is also the test bed for RedHat‘s market-leading Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), this move may lead to major changes inthe Linux DBMS world.MariaDB, not MySQL, may soon become Fedora’s default DBMS. 1/3
  2. 2. (Credit: MariaDB)Jaroslav Reznik, who is Red Hat’s Fedora project manager, proposed the change. Reznikexplained that he was suggesting this move because, “The original company behind MySQL,MySQL AB, were bought out by Sun which was then bought by Oracle. Recent changes madeby Oracle indicate they are moving the MySQL project to be more closed. They are no longerpublishing any useful information about security issues (CVEs), and they are not providingcomplete regression tests anymore, and a very large fraction of the MySQL bug database isnow not public.”Red Hat and Oracle have also long been squabbling on other grounds.Oracle’s house brand of Linux, Oracle Linux, is little more than an RHEL clone.Reznikcontinued, “MariaDB, which was founded by some of the original MySQL developers, has amore open-source attitude and an active community. We have found them to be much easier towork with, especially in regards to security matters.”Fedora isn’t the only one to find MariaDB more attractive in recent months; Wikipedia beganmoving to MariaDB in late 2012.Therefore, Reznik declared, “We would like to replace MySQL with MariaDB in earlydevelopment cycle for Fedora 19.” That would mean Fedora might switch over as early as May2013. In any case, “MySQL will continue to be available for at least one release, but MariaDBwill become the default. Also, we do not intend to support concurrent installation of bothpackages on the same machine; pick one or the other.”A final decision hasn’t been made yet. The Fedora Engineering Steering Committee (FESCo)has to vote on the issue.Robyn Bergeron, the Fedora Project Leader told me that “A vote by FESCo is the next step.”She believes that it’s possible they may vote as early as January 23, but for a variety ofreasons the vote on the shift from MySQL to MariaDB will be more likely no earlier than January30.If I were a betting man, I’d bet Fedora will make the switch. And, if Fedora does, I expect theother Linux distributions will follow them. This in turn may mean that we’ll need to switch theacronym Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Perl/Python (LAMP) to Linux, Apache, MariaDB,PHP/Perl/Python (LAMP).Related stories: Open-source MariaDB, a MySQL fork, challenges Oracle Wikipedia moving from MySQL to MariaDB Fedora 18 finally arrives Fedora 18 revisited: Cinnamon, Xfce, LXDM, and a ‘wow’ for anaconda MySQL 5.6 to ship in early 2013 2/3
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