A big week for conferences in Europe this week. We’re starting it off at Percona Live London 2011 (see previous post), with both Sergei Golubchik and Colin Charles presenting talks on Tuesday 25 October 2011.

Right after, we’re headed to LinuxCon Europe, where Colin Charles will discuss The MySQL Diaspora and how there exists much choice for people today (it is not just stock MySQL one can use nowadays).

Monty Program is sponsoring both Percona Live London as well as LinuxCon Europe. We’ll be having a booth at LinuxCon Europe, probably right next to our friends SkySQL, as we did at LinuxCon North America (Vancouver).

I just finished reading a couple of interesting, and somewhat related, blog posts which I think are worth sharing (apologies to anyone who has already seen them). One is from Jelastic and the other is from Michal Hrušecký.

I’ve written about MariaDB and the Jelastic cloud before (see MariaDB now available as a hosted database via Jelastic cloud platform). Now Jelastic has published statistics on the relative popularity of the various databases they offer. The good news is MariaDB is currently the database of choice for 14% of their customers. The bad news is that we’re in fourth place behind their other three database choices (MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB). However, MariaDB has only been available on their platform for a little over two months and we’re very happy that so many users of Jelastic’s state-of-the-art Java cloud are choosing to use MariaDB. Thanks!

In the second blog post, Michal Hrušecký shares the results of what he terms his “little MySQL survey”. This time MariaDB comes in second behind MySQL Community Server (and ahead of MySQL Cluster and Percona Server). In case you didn’t know, Michal packages MySQL and MariaDB for openSUSE, so this survey was a good way for him to judge the relative popularity of some of the more popular variants and give him ideas on how to improve things.

BTW: If you know of other interesting/informative/etc… blog posts related to MariaDB, let us know so we can add them to the Blog Posts Relevant to MariaDB page of the AskMonty Knowledgebase!

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The Caryatids on the south porch of the Erechtheion (420 BC), Athens, Greece

I suppose I should probably say “MariaDB στην Ελλάδα” which, according to Google Translate, is Greek for “MariaDB in Greece”. We’re still finalizing the arrangements, but I’m pleased to announce that the next Monty Program-sponsored MariaDB Developer Meeting will be held in (or near) Athens, Greece. Update: See below for hotel/location information.

Monty Program tries to hold two MariaDB Developer Conferences / Monty Program company meetings each year. The most recent one was held in Portugal this past March and it’s past time for another one. Monty Program is a virtual company with employees scattered all around the world, and these meetings give us a chance to both get together with each other and to meet with other MariaDB developers and users.

The conference dates are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11-13 November 2011. Most of us will be arriving on the 10th and leaving on the 15th. We will have an excursion day on Monday the 14th.

If you live in Greece, or would simply like to join us, please do! Nearly all of our conference sessions are open to the public, no registration required (but we would appreciate a heads up, just so we can make sure we have enough seats and power outlets). At past meetings we’ve had people from around the world join us, and we would like to continue that tradition.

As at past meetings, there will be three tracks: one focused on MariaDB development, a community track, and a documentation/infrastructure track. So there should be something of interest for anyone who would like to become involved in making MariaDB (and MySQL) better.

We’re working on the schedule right now. If there’s something you feel we should discuss, or if you are planning on attending let us know!

Update, 8 Nov 2011: I’ve posted the agendas for each day of the conference to the MariaDB Developer Meeting – Athens page of the AskMonty Knowledgebase. Notes from the various sessions will be posted to this category during the conference.


Hotel Information

We’re going to be at the Best Western Hotel Fenix in Glyfada. They’re located 24Km from the Athens International Airport and are a 20 minute drive from the center of Athens (at least, according to their website).

Hotel contact info:

Best Western Hotel Fenix
1-3 Artemisiou str., Glyfada, Athens, Greece 166-75
Phone: +30 210 8914000
Fax: +30 210 8914099

You can reserve your room at Booking.com (or on the hotel website).

See you there!