We saved three XL-sized t-shirts from our recent all-company meeting in Istanbul. At first we thought it would be a good idea to give away the shirts through a random drawing. But after mulling it around in our minds for a day or two, we thought we should make it a bit more fun, so we decided to have a small quiz (don’t worry, it’s only one easy question).
Before we get to that, here’s a run-down of what we did in Istanbul. Our community and documentation guys (Daniel Bartholomew, Colin Charles, and Kurt von Finck) had the great idea to create an “Istanbul Haber” (aka Istanbul newspaper) for each day of the meeting. In each issue we shared what happened the previous day and the schedule for current day.
Day three of our Monty Program Ab All Company Meeting Istanbul 2010 was on Sunday, 10 Oct 2010. Instead of taking Sunday off and seeing the sights, we decided to work and go on an excursion on Monday. Saturday and Sunday are the heaviest days for tourists in Istanbul so we figured it would be a good way for us to avoid the crowds.
Now that you know what we did in Istanbul, it’s time to give away some t-shirts. As mentioned at the beginning of this post, we have three XL-sized MP Istanbul 2010 t-shirts to give away. The first three participants who answer the following question correctly, will win one of those t-shirts (only one t-shirt per person).
Question: What is Maria in MariaDB and how is it connected to My and Max?
Email your answers to “istanbul2010-contest [at] askmonty (dot) o r g” before 31 Oct 2010. Good luck!
By the way, the design on the t-shirts looks like this:
After two months of submissions, Monty Program employee review, community voting and Monty’s final decision, we are happy to announce that the Maria storage engine will henceforth be known as …
Congratulations to Chris Tooley who suggested the name. Chris said about Aria in his submission, “Maria without the ‘M’, plus aria is a pleasant musical term.” Chris is now the proud new owner of a System 76Meerkat net-top computer. Thanks to our good friends at System76 for providing this nifty prize.
Hopefully, in time, “Aria” will also be a pleasing database engine term. And now we will not have the confusion between MariaDB and Maria.