Proposed F19 Feature: Replace MySQL with MariaDB

Patrick Lists fedora-list at
Thu Jan 24 19:42:42 UTC 2013

On 01/24/2013 09:58 AM, Fernando Cassia wrote:
>> do you volunteer to maintain and test MySQL?
> If I find a volunteer, will you continue shipping it?.

It's not a question of shipping. Just find a packager who will maintain 
the MySQL RPM and makes sure it's updated via Koji etc. And if there is 
nobody to do your bidding then just maintain it yourself or download it 
from the Oracle website.

> I smell a proxy war against Oracle for their Oracle Linux efforts,
> totally politically motivated and with dubious technical reasons. But
> hey, that´s just me.

You always jump in Oracle's defense when someone sticks it to them and 
get all wound up about it. Dubious technical reasons? How about Karel 
Volny's reply mentioning one of Oracle's bug descriptions: "Unspecified 
vulnerability in the Server component in Oracle MySQL 5.1.66 and 
earlier, and 5.5.28 and earlier, allows remote authenticated users to 
affect availability via unknown vectors related to Information Schema."
That's quite a gem and definitely a solid technical reason to switch to 
MariaDB because of its Open development process.

How is *not* having the patch for a security bug in MySQL not a good 
reason to switch? How is the lack of transparency in the development 
process not a good reason to switch?

Maybe you read about how Oracle fixed that dangerous Java bug the other 
day which they did not fix correctly? How is a proper fix done right the 
first time not a good reason to switch? Transparency allows many 
eyeballs and given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.

Another technical reason: an Open development process results in less 

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