MariaDB 10.1 shipped a few days ago, so it’s now a good time to focus on another important event. Last week we had a three day MariaDB developers meeting. It took place in Amsterdam (Oct 13-15). Meetings like this tend to have a great impact on the roadmap of the product. Booking.com was very kind to offer their facilities for the developer meeting.

Thank you Booking.com!

The day before the developer meeting there was a MySQL meetup arranged at eBay’s office in Amsterdam since, naturally, a lot of MariaDB developers were already in town for the developers meeting. The meetup was done in lightning talk style where developers went through cool features in MariaDB. It ended up being a packed meetup with about 50 participants that lasted for about 3.5 hours. Many talks, great discussions, good pizza, and drinks!

Thank you eBay!

Back to the MariaDB developers meeting. In the end 60+ persons attended the developer’s meeting and every day we had close to that amount of people present. The attendees came from 10 different companies/organizations. There definitely seems to be interest in these kinds of meetings.

The schedule for the developers meeting included sessions about upcoming features in MariaDB like window functions, new things in InnoDB and Spider, but also tools used in development. There were also separate tracks for MaxScale and Galera, in which both current state and roadmaps were presented and discussed.

A very active contributor to the MariaDB project, Daniel Black from OpenQuery, had a very good presentation including how MariaDB is becoming/should become more than a fork and things learned from the field. The slides from the presentation can be found here.

I myself tried to pull together what was discussed during the days in one of the finishing sessions called “MariaDB 10.2 roadmap”. The slides from my session are available on Speaker Deck.

Help us focus on the things that matter by voting on feature requests in MariaDB project tracking. A list of features for 10.2 ordered by most votes can be found here.


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 Booking.com has renewed their support to the foundation. As a major corporate sponsor Booking.com has been offered a seat on the Foundation board. Booking.com 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 Booking.com 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, Booking.com
  • 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 mariadb.org 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