Friday, January 22, 2010

MariaDB drop-in replacement for MySQL

Since Oracle is in the process of buying out Sun & hence MySQL, the creator of MySQL Michael "Monty" Widenius went on to create MariaDB which is a drop-in replacement for MySQL.

Seems that they are working on lots of improvements and cleanup of the legacy code that had crept in. They have a better storage engine to replace MyISAM, speed improvements, more extensions, etc. Check out the differences here.

Some interesting reading on MariaDB & MySQL can be found on Monty's blog.

One of the very interesting things I stumbled across on the Monty Program website was their business model titled "The hacking business model". This is the model on which their company runs. It is very transparent and employee friendly model which works towards a win-win situation for the company as well as the employee. Read more about it here. This is a very good business model for companies that work on OSS - wish my company was based on this model ;)

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