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Wikipedia Moved To MariaDB 5.5 133

Peetke writes "As we all know Oracle is not the biggest friend to the Open Source Community. Long standing OSS supporter Wikipedia has now moved from an optimized fork of MySQL 5.1 to MariaDB 5.5, for both its English and German sites. Wikipedia expects all other languages to follow within a month. Performance-wise, this move has no big implications, but it will ensure our biggest community database will live long and prosper."
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Wikipedia Moved To MariaDB 5.5

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  • Re:Information (Score:3, Interesting)

    by kthreadd ( 1558445 ) on Tuesday April 23, 2013 @09:42AM (#43524209)

    What statement? It looks like an ordinary article to me.

  • slash next? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by axehind ( 518047 ) on Tuesday April 23, 2013 @09:51AM (#43524267)
    Is slashdot next?!?!?!
  • As we all know?? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Crimplene Prakman ( 82370 ) <prak@i o l .ie> on Tuesday April 23, 2013 @09:58AM (#43524325) Journal
    "As we all know Oracle is not the biggest friend to the Open Source Community." This is a bit weasely. We all don't know any such thing. For example, Oracle was in the top ten of organisations that contributed code to Linux last year: [] Since then it has been very public with Oracle Linux, and made several large contributions from that front. Shucks, it's even got its own OSS portal: [] I'm happy to agree it's a big bad corporate beast and does a lot of wrong in the world, but if you're going to criticize it, at least be factual.
  • Re:Information (Score:4, Interesting)

    by theVarangian ( 1948970 ) on Tuesday April 23, 2013 @10:04AM (#43524381)

    What statement? It looks like an ordinary article to me.

    As a fork of a leading open source software system, it is notable for being led by its original developers and triggered by concerns over [the] direction [taken] by an acquiring commercial company Oracle.

    It may only be an article but it says all that needs to be said. Oracle bought up MySQL and immediately dropped support for a range of systems that had previously been supported, probably in the hope it would drive scores of customers into the open arms of the Oracle sales team and their extortionate license prices. I now have to migrate several MySQL databases that previously lived a happy life on AIX 5 to something else and MariaDB is a welcome alternative because I'm sure as [Expletive deleted] not going to shell out thousands of $ for overpriced Oracle DBs with a pile of features that I don't need.

  • Re:seriously? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ShanghaiBill ( 739463 ) * on Tuesday April 23, 2013 @11:54AM (#43525681)

    Even if they are volunteers they could be working on doing something else that may have saved them money.

    Have you ever managed volunteers? They work on what they want to work on. You can't just reassign them to a task they don't like, or they will walk away and donate their time to some other organization. Most likely they had some MariaDB fanboi (or fangoil) who was willing to do this, but was not willing to upgrade MySQL instead.

  • by greg1104 ( 461138 ) <> on Tuesday April 23, 2013 @01:39PM (#43527103) Homepage

    I don't understand why people trust MariaDB either. The result the last time everyone jumped onto Monty's open-source ship? He cashed out and put all of his customers on a road that led to being screwed by Oracle. There's a bit of madness expecting different results adopting MariaDB I wouldn't buy into either.

    Hint: when a contributor agreement like the MariaDB one says copyright must be assigned to "Monty Program AB", your contributors are usually being setup so that the owner of that copyright can then profit from the community's free work on the project, a decision that will be motivated by what's best for them. There are a few software projects that require copyright assignment that aren't doing that, like the gnu projects. Monty Program AB is not a non-profit with a decades long history of anti-commercialism like gnu though. It's a regular company run by someone who has screwed both his paying customers and his open-source user community exactly this way once. Why are people signing up such that he could do it again?

Always leave room to add an explanation if it doesn't work out.