[Oneiric-Topic] Package Updates

Chuck Short chuck.short at canonical.com
Thu Mar 31 13:52:36 UTC 2011

On Thu, 31 Mar 2011 08:55:44 -0400
Ralph Janke <txwikinger at ubuntu.com> wrote:

>   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.


Sure Mariadb is great but I'm looking with my distro glasses on and I
see this:

chuck at kyle:~$ apt-cache rdepends libmysqlclient16 | wc -l

The 166 is the number of packages that depend on libmysqlclient for
functionality that they need. This includes both main and universe.

So unless we have a clear plan of transitioning from mysql to mariadb
and help from upstream both in Debian and the mariab developers then
one can argue about the technical merits of one database over another
until the cows come home.


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