[Oneiric-Topic] Package Updates

Ralph Janke txwikinger at ubuntu.com
Thu Mar 31 12:55:44 UTC 2011

  On 03/30/2011 07:19 PM, Clint Byrum wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 10:16:14AM -0400, Ralph Janke wrote:
>>   Isn't it time to use mariadb instead of mysql?
> Could you provide some rationalization of MariaDB vs. the main MySQL
> releases?
> There are a bunch of forks we could consider with varying degrees of
> compatibility with MYSQL.
> Percona (working on packaging)
> MariaDB (available from their own repos)
> Drizzle (in universe)
> Compatible or not, none of these are really MySQL.
> I'd really like to have a good reason before moving to any of these as
> our preferred MySQL service. I don't think MySQL is like Hudson.. Oracle
> seems to be taking good care of it and (for the time being) nothing has
> changed in their approach to community contribution (which has never
> been fantastic anyway).
There are lots of reasons to go to mariadb!

1) They explicitly promise that they are always 100% backwards 
compatible to the
related mysql version, hence nothing is lost in comparison with mysql

2) Mysql only tracks queries with 1s execution time granularity. Mariadb 
tracks by
default ms granularity. This is very important for performance analysis 
of in
particular websites.

3) MariaDb offers additional features (and storage engines) by default 
that in mysql
require proprietary licences to obtain similar.

Every case that I know of, mariadb could be just plugged into the system 
for mysql without
any issues.

That are only the reasons that come immediately into me head, there are 
many more when you
look at the comparisons.

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