[Maria-discuss] [debian-mysql] MySQL's future in Debian and Ubuntu

Walter Heck walterheck at gmail.com
Thu Feb 16 08:55:58 UTC 2012

I think it would be fair to take into account both the things Colin
and Stewart have said as many of them are correct, but their words
should also be taken with a grain of salt as they work for the
companies that would benefit heavily from having 'their' fork be the
replacement of mysql. That's not to accuse them of anything, just to
keep in mind when making a decision. The fork that 'wins' this
decision might well be the more succesful one in the long run simply
because of being the default mysql version in two of the most widely
used linux distributions.

Personally I don't know which fork I'd appreciate more. At this point
here's where we stand with both forks imho (feel free to correct me
when I say something stupid/incorrect ;) ):

Percona server's direction is heavily influenced by the commercial
value for Percona. They implement new features when customers pay for
them, and their development seems to be driven by that largely. The
community benefits from the 'fallout' of those features being released
as open source. The largest benefit is a release cycle that seems a
bit more regular then mariadb's.

As for MariaDB, I like their much more community driven development
that seems less commercially driven, but the main disadvantage is
their release cycle: the oldest commits from the 5.3 changelog stem
from 2009 (!), and the 5.3.0 beta was released in July of last year
[1]. Then again, guaranteed support for 5 years is a good thing.

At this point I think MariaDB would probably be a better match for
being in the main ubuntu/debian distro's as their whole ecosystem
seems to match better.

Let it be clear that I have no commercial benefits from either one
over the other, just voicing my opinion.



[1] http://kb.askmonty.org/en/mariadb-530-changelog-p6

On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 09:40, Henrik Ingo <henrik.ingo at avoinelama.fi> wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 9:33 AM, Bjoern Boschman <bjoern at boschman.de> wrote:
>> On 16.02.2012 00:57, Henrik Ingo wrote:
>>> Percona Server is like MariaDB in that both of them are compatible
>>> with MySQL and you could do a plug-and-play replacement. Percona
>>> Server is much closer to MySQL (which many think is great), shall
>>> I say more focused. MariaDB has more deviation in the code base and
>>> also adds more stuff like additional storage engines (which many
>>> think is great, especially when you want to play with new
>>> features).
>> The additional storage engine also applies to percona :-)
> Ok, fair point, but MariaDB really goes out of its way to have lots of
> them: PBXT, OQGraph engine, Sphinx, Aria...  You won't find these
> (unless you contract Percona to provide them for you) in Percona
> Server. These are not that commonly used but more niche. But they are
> the reason I commonly label MariaDB as "has more stuff".
> henrik
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