The MariaDB Foundation Board has been meeting monthly since February and on Monday this week had the third meeting of the year. Here is an update on a couple of things from the meeting.

We’re happy to announce that has renewed their support to the foundation. As a major corporate sponsor has been offered a seat on the Foundation board. nominated Eric Herman.  Eric has a history with MySQL dating from 2004 where he joined MySQL working on the server and tools.  In 2010, Eric joined where he works on database scaling challenges and BigData. As a community member, he has contributed to the perl MySQL client driver, the perl interpreter, and other Free Software.  To represent community and industry interests in line with the Foundation mission, Eric Herman has joined the Board.

The current Members of the Board ordered by last name are:

  • Sergei Golubchik, Chief Architect, MariaDB Corporation
  • Eric Herman, Principal Developer,
  • Espen Håkonsen, CIO of Visma and Managing Director of Visma IT & Communications
  • Rasmus Johansson (Chair), VP Engineering, MariaDB Corporation
  • Michael Widenius, CTO, MariaDB Foundation
  • Jeremy Zawodny, Software Engineer, Craigslist

Last but not least secretary of the Board is the Foundation’s CEO Otto Kekäläinen.

The list of corporate sponsors so far this year are:

In case your company is interested to support the MariaDB project through the MariaDB Foundation please contact ”foundation ‘at’ mariadb (dot) org”.

It might be of interest that the website is getting a facelift to both look more appealing but also include more relevant information about the project and the Foundation. More about that later.

Year 2014 was an important year for the MariaDB project with the release of MariaDB 10.0. Adoption continued to grow both organically and by MariaDB being included both in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Suse Linux Enterprise Server distributions as the default database option. Ubuntu started providing MariaDB as an option since their release 14.04. MariaDB also came available in many cloud services, e.g. DBaaS in the Rackspace Cloud and Cloud Foundry. Those are just a few highlights. There is of course a lot of other news from last year which has already been covered earlier.

If you’re interested in what the MariaDB Foundation worked on last year, Monty wrote a wrap-up on it. You can find it here.

In this article I want to focus on a few recent changes related to the MariaDB Foundation. On Monday this week, the MariaDB Foundation had its first board meeting of the year. In addition to all the general things on a board meeting agenda there were the following topics:

  • New memberships
  • Approval of new board member
  • Approval of new CEO

A Norwegian company called Visma has become a member of the MariaDB Foundation. Visma is a 6,000 person software company focused on finance and accounting software and services.

As part of Visma becoming a member it was also suggested that Visma gets a representative on the board. It would be hard to find a more suitable person for the job than Espen Håkonsen, CIO of Visma and Managing Director of Visma IT & Communications.

The MariaDB Foundation has been looking for a new CEO since Simon Phipps left last fall. Late last year discussions started with Otto Kekäläinen and he got interested. Otto is an entrepreneur in the open source business in Finland. He is the CEO of the open source consulting company Seravo. In addition he has several important open source roles in Finland and Europe. Otto is Finland’s representative in the Free Software Foundation Europe and in the steering group of COSS, the Finnish Centre for Open Systems and Solutions, the umbrella open source association in Finland. Otto will also serve as the Secretary of the board.

These changes in the board and management of the MariaDB Foundation were approved in the board meeting. I’m delighted to have Espen and Otto to join the MariaDB Foundation. They bring a lot of new experience and ideas to the foundation. Welcome!

Chairman of the board
Rasmus Johansson


A very happy new year to you from the MariaDB Foundation. Since I last wrote in June the Foundation has been doing plenty of work on everyone’s behalf.

First there’s the extensive technical work that Monty wrote about, which has been carried out by the team the Foundation employs who all work for Monty. He would like to grow that team a little, so your donations — or even corporate sponsorship or membership — would be especially welcome at the moment. With the move of the Monty Program staff he used to employ over to SkySQL, there’s no longer any cross-subsidy between consulting work and the fix-sustain-build mission of the Foundation’s core team, so we depend completely on donations and corporate support to make that happen.

Second, we’ve been growing the Foundation membership. During 2013 we gained three Corporate Members — Booking.Com, Parallels and SkySQL — to whom we are very grateful for the support that has encouraged us to keep going and paid the bills. We’re starting 2014 with new Corporate Member enrollments. There are two others in progress that I hope to announce soon, but I’m delighted to say that Automattic, the company behind the WordPress this blog uses, has become a Corporate Member. Many thanks to them for their generous support.

During 2013 we also had a number of Corporate Sponsors — Percona, Jelastic/Planeetta , WebYog and Open Query — whose financial contributions have been most welcome in addition to their community involvement. We are starting 2014 with several new Sponsors who I’ll announce with the new Members soon. I hope we will be able to welcome more Members and Sponsors this season.

Thanks too for all the individual donations we have received. If you are able to send a small amount each time you download from the Foundation, your contributions will soon add up to a substantial sum, as we’ve seen a steady increase in downloads. We very much welcome these “subscription donations” as they help me plan our budget.

Third, we’ve been working on new, community-led governance. The bylaws are now drafted and ready for community comment. Once the trademark paperwork from SkySQL is confirmed, I’ll put them online for review and discussion. It’s taken longer than I had hoped to reach this point, partly because we needed to wait for the merger of the former Monty Program Ab into SkySQL to complete. This happened on September 30 so we’re now good to go. I hope we will get the whole process started this quarter.

One key question we need to address is use of the MariaDB trademark. SkySQL acquired it along with Monty Program Ab, but as you’ll note from their CEO’s comment, they are committed to good stewardship of that valuable asset for the community. We are working with SkySQL to devise an unambiguous and community-focussed trademark arrangement that will allow the Foundation to act in the interests of the whole community. We’re completing a first stage now to secure the Foundation’s name and I will let you know when the collaboration bears fruit.

I hope to meet many MariaDB Community members this weekend at FOSDEM in Brussels, but if you want to discuss anything please get in touch. The coming year is going to be interesting!