The MariaDB project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the following new stable (GA) MariaDB versions:

Security Updates

These releases are “bug fix” releases and they include, among other things, fixes for the following security vulnerabilities:

New Packages

MariaDB 5.5.29 includes packages for Fedora 18 “Spherical Cow” and Ubuntu 12.10 “Quantal Quetzal”. Visit the Repository Configurator to generate the necessary commands to easily install MariaDB on these and many other distributions.

We’ve also extended the repository configuration tool to provide instructions for distributions which include MariaDB. We’ve started with Mageia and will be adding others soon.

Discontinued Builds

Along with the news of new package builds is the news that some old distributions will be deprecated. The MariaDB project tries to support as many different operating systems and Linux distributions as possible. However, when a distribution or OS stops receiving upstream security and other updates it becomes difficult to provide packages for that platform. In such cases, our policy is to deprecate that platform and stop building binary packages for it in our build system.

As of 1 Feb 2013, we will stop building and testing packages for the following:

  • Fedora 16 “Verne”
  • Debian 5 “Lenny”
  • Ubuntu 10.10 “Maverick”
  • Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty”

Even after your chosen Linux distribution is deprecated, packages and support are still available. Companies such as SkySQL and Monty Program (among others) provide paid support for all versions of MariaDB and back to even very old MySQL versions. This includes packaged binaries.

More information on our deprecation policy can be found on the MariaDB Deprecation Policy page.

Archived Releases

From the beginning of the MariaDB project in 2009 we’ve kept all of our old releases online via our network of mirrors. Doing this is great for those few who are interested in old releases, but the disk space required to host all of our old releases is over 130 Gigabytes at present and grows by several gigabytes with each new release. This is too much for some of our mirrors to handle. So, starting with this round of releases our primary mirror will only host the most recent few releases in each series (5.5, 10.0, 5.3, and so on). Mirrors are, of course, free to keep archiving every release, but the primary mirror that they pull from will not.

Old releases do have value, so for those that are interested in old releases, we are setting up a simple, no frills, archive server which will host them. Once the server is up and running, links to archived releases on https://downloads.mariadb.org will point at the archive server. During the transition period, links to some old releases may disappear for a short time, but don’t worry, they haven’t been deleted, they’re just being moved!

If you have hundreds of spare gigabytes on a fast connection and would also like to host the complete MariaDB archive, contact us at mirror at mariadb.org and we’ll include a link your mirror from our archive server. (see Mirroring MariaDB for more information about becoming a mirror).

User Feedback plugin

MariaDB includes a User Feedback plugin. This plugin is disabled by default. If enabled, it submits basic, completely anonymous MariaDB usage information. This information is used by the developers to track trends in MariaDB usage to better guide development efforts.

If you would like to help make MariaDB better, please add “feedback=ON” to your my.cnf (my.ini on Windows) file!

See the User Feedback Plugin page for more information.

Quality

The project always strives for quality, but in reality, nothing is
perfect. Please take time to report any issues you encounter at:

http://mariadb.org/jira

We hope you enjoy MariaDB!

  • Michael ‘Monty’ Widenius, David Axmark, and Allan Larsson announce MariaDB Foundation
  • Leading organizations pledge EUR1M to launch not-for-profit organization
  • Further sponsors sought; Board elections to be held February 2013

Percona Live Conference, London – December 4, 2012 –The founders of the most popular databases on the web, Michael Widenius, David Axmark, and Allan Larsson today announced the formation of the MariaDB Foundation. “MariaDB continues the project started 18 years ago when we founded MySQL, with code maintained by the same dedicated core team. The time is right for an independent organisation to to safeguard the interests of MariaDB users and developers as we head towards MariaDB 10” said David Axmark.

“The MariaDB Foundation has the potential to become a new beacon for the MySQL ecosystem. SkySQL is pleased to support the Foundation,  which can show leadership and continued evolution of the most widely used Open Source database.” said Patrik Sallner, CEO of SkySQL

Peter Zaitsev, co-founder of Percona said “We are delighted to support the MariaDB Foundation. We see the Foundation as a way of guaranteeing the stability and production engineering we need in the core code we share with so many other companies and users.”

Dan Shearer, veteran of the OpenChange and Samba teams added “Not only are databases increasingly embedded in infrastructure, but they are a means of expression. People engaged in genome research, public statistics bodies and open access data projects are concerned that their databases stay accessible for generations to come.Longevity is as much an issue as clustering and high availability.”

In its mission statement, the MariaDB Foundation exists to improve database technology, including standards implementation, interoperability with other databases, and building bridges to other types of database such as transactional and NoSQL. To deliver this the Foundation provides technical work in reviewing, merging, testing, and releasing the MariaDB product suite. The Foundation also provides infrastructure for the MariaDB project and the user and developer communities.

Monty Widenius is looking forward to an autonomous MariaDB Foundation. “Tens of millions of users rely on MariaDB and MySQL and they have more to thank than just all the excellent developers and persons helping to package and distribute MariaDB and MySQL. MariaDB exists thanks to the strength of the GPL and the efforts of the organizations who defend it such as our friends at the Software Freedom Conservancy and the Free Software Foundation Europe. The MariaDB Foundation will provide leadership on technical, legal, and policy matters of interest to all the community.”

About MariaDB
MariaDB is the compatible successor to MySQL, the world’s most popular Open Source database. MariaDB has greatly improved scalability and performance, engines for NoSQL and volume transaction processing, and clustering capability. The MariaDB client libraries are available under the liberal LGPL license, enabling a new generation of commercial applications. In a study by the 451 Group in May 2012, 85% of the companies surveyed were using MariaDB or MySQL data formats.

About the MariaDB Foundation
The MariaDB Foundation is a non-stock corporation that has applied for the US 501(c)(3) status, with so far 8 founders and 2 sponsors having pledged support, and more in discussion. In February 2013 the founders will appoint board members and confirm the bylaws. Until then the interim officers of the Foundation are:

  • Andrew Katz, Chief Operating Officer and Legal Counsel
  • Monty Widenius, Chief Technology Officer
  • Niall McCarthy, Foundation Development

The Foundation welcomes new founders and sponsors. All enquiries to
foundation 'at' mariadb (dot) org.

 

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