The news is already making the rounds (ex: rumors here, and confirmed here and here), but Fedora will apparently replace MySQL with MariaDB in an upcoming release.

We have used MariaDB since SkySQL was founded (powering our support system, website, wiki, and so on), but this news was timely for me because I recently observed that MariaDB adoption among our support customers at SkySQL has tripled over the course of the past year.

The reasons are as varied as one might expect. MariaDB performs better for some; the wider array of included storage engines makes it more suitable for others; the developers are (unsurprisingly) significantly more in tune with the principles of Free and Open Source Software than Oracle; some would simply rather not rely on Oracle.

And, of course, I like to think that SkySQL's close partnership with MontyProgram also helps make MariaDB an increasingly viable replacement for MySQL among businesses with critical support needs for their databases.

In any case, congratulations to the MariaDB team. Fedora's decision underscores not only the health of the "MySQL Ecosystem" in general, but the validity of Monty's approach with MariaDB.

About the Author

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Dean Ellis

Dean Ellis is Vice President of Technical Support at SkySQL.

Dean was hired by the original MySQL AB corporation as a support engineer and developer in 2003, after some years of providing MySQL-related help to the community via the freenode IRC network. He began using MySQL in 1999 while working as a software developer and DBA, eventually deploying MySQL for web and enterprise applications alongside Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server and Lucene.

He moved into management and took over responsibility for the global support organization after MySQL AB was acquired by Sun Microsystems, retaining that role after Oracle Corporation acquired Sun. Dean left Oracle to join SkySQL in 2010, with the goal of creating a new and better home for support customers and engineers.

Dean now leads the global SkySQL Support organization from Nashville, Tennessee.

Dean, You have changed your line of work ??? You are now specializing in Marketing ????

I think Oracle is doing a good with MySQL job code-wise. But I also believe MariaDB is a necessity that helps to keep them honest. That will only work well if MariaDB is not just a fork, but really a proven alternative. That proof is now accumulating. So, Congratulations MariaDB! :)
Harrison Fisk (not verified)

It will be interesting with the release of MySQL 5.6 and MariaDB 10. It sounds like MariaDB is no longer going to be drop-in compatible with MySQL 5.6, so it will be much harder to move in either direction.

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