The MariaDB Foundation Board has now been meeting for a few months and we have been gradually taking steps to establish the Foundation as an independent organisation with member-led governance. The Board has asked me, as CEO, to provide regular updates on our progress here on the MariaDB Blog, so watch for posts in the Foundation category.

I’ve a larger news update in preparation for next week, but first a news item about our relationship with the wider community. Given the threat software patents pose to all free and open source developers, it’s important to use every defence available as well as to unite to frustrate patent aggressors. To that end, the MariaDB Foundation has become a licensee of the Open Invention Network, a patent non-aggression community with a number of facets including patent pooling, cross-licensing and defensive filing. While the impact on MariaDB may not immediately be huge, the Board felt this gesture of solidarity was important.

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