Proposed F19 Feature: Replace MySQL with MariaDB

Jaroslav Reznik jreznik at
Wed Jan 16 17:43:02 UTC 2013

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= Features/ReplaceMySQLwithMariaDB =

* Detailed description:
MariaDB is a fork of the MySQL database project that provides a drop-in 
replacement for MySQL. It preserves API/ABI compatibility with MySQL and 
adds some new features.

The original company behind MySQL, MySQL AB, were bought out by Sun which was 
then bought by Oracle. Recent changes made by Oracle indicate they are moving 
the MySQL project to be more closed. They are no longer publishing any useful 
information about security issues (CVEs), and they are not providing complete 
regression tests any more, and a very large fraction of the mysql bug database 
is now not public.

MariaDB, which was founded by some of the original MySQL developers, has a more 
open-source attitude and an active community. We have found them to be much 
easier to work with, especially in regards to security matters.

We would like to replace MySQL with MariaDB in early development cycle for 
Fedora 19. MySQL will continue to be available for at least one release, but
MariaDB will become the default. Also, we do not intend to support concurrent
installation of both packages on the same machine; pick one or the other.
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