Almost a year ago we launched the AskMonty Knowledgebase, a home for information on MariaDB and MySQL. When we launched, only employees had access to write articles, though anyone could ask a question. This was done for technical reasons. The good news is that that has changed, with the latest version we just pushed live, anyone with an account (or an open ID) can create and edit articles.

There is only so much content we can write so we want your contributions, from completely new articles to editing and improving what we already have. If you have questions on how to get started, you can join the Maria Docs group on launchpad and ask on the mailing list. Or you can jump into the #maria channel on Freenode IRC and ask there (ask for dbart or balsdorf).

For those that want to translate articles into other languages (you know who you are) we haven’t forgotten about you. Our next major enhancement to the Knowledgebase is to add full i18n (i.e. internationalization) support. We’re working hard to get something workable up and available to one and all as fast as we can. Stay tuned!

Trying a new format… Are you subscribed to the announce mailing list? The following is straight from the archives.

Highlights:

  • Release of MariaDB 5.1.55
  • Meeting in Lisbon
  • Call for volunteers for booth duty

Events:

  • DrupalCon Chicago
  • Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco

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MariaDB 5.1.55 Released

Dear MariaDB users,

The development team have been busy and are ready to release MariaDB 5.1.55. MariaDB is a branch of the MySQL database which includes all major open source storage engines, myriad bug fixes and many community patches.

This release of MariaDB 5.1.55 includes MySQL up to version 5.1.55. It also includes XtraDB up to version 5.1.54-12.5. As a highlight, we now have installable Debian and Ubuntu repositories available, so MariaDB is now just an apt-get away. For more information, do not hesitate to read the release notes, and for more detailed changes, do hop on over to the changelog.

MariaDB is available in source and binary form in a variety of platforms, including Microsoft Windows, Debian, Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, CentOS 5, and Solaris x86. These are all available from the downloads page, which has also been redesigned – check it out!

Enjoy!

Meeting in Lisbon

Monty Program is organising a MariaDB Developer Meeting from Friday 11 March – Monday 14 March 2011 in Lisbon, Portugal. It will be held at the Holiday Inn Lisbon, and all developers and interested parties are encouraged to attend the meeting. If you would like to attend, please send an email to community at montyprogram.com and to find out more information about the meeting, please see:

http://montyprogram.com/developer-meetings/

Call for volunteers for booth duty

Volunteers are needed for booth duty at the O’Reilly MySQL Conference & Expo 2011. The conference happens April 11-14 2011 in Santa Clara, California, and the Expo Hall is open April 12-13 2011. We need volunteers in the local area to help man the MariaDB booth. Please send email to community at montyprogram.com and find out more information about the conference at:

http://en.oreilly.com/mysql2011

A future event where volunteers are needed to man the MariaDB booth is OSCON 2011, happening July 25-29, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. More information is available at:

http://www.oscon.com/oscon2011/

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Events

DrupalCon Chicago

Meet Kurt von Finck for a chat about MariaDB at DrupalCon Chicago happening March 7-10 2011. He will be equipped with many stickers and much interesting conversation.

Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco

Meet Colin Charles for a chat about MariaDB at the Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco happening March 28-31 2011. Stump him with your questions about MariaDB! He will also be present with stickers as giveaways.