The 2015 MariaDB Developers meetup is taking place in Amsterdam, from October 13th to 15th. Anyone who is interested in contributing to the MariaDB project is welcome to join!
The event will be held in unconference style with lots of opportunities for discussions and collaboration around any topic, ranging from performance, new features, connectors to packaging and documentation. All core MariaDB developers will be present and available for discussions.
The meetup lasts for three days and you can join for the whole time, or as little time as you wish.
The schedule is drafted in a public spreadsheet. The schedule is not fixed and the idea is the following:
Everyone attending the meeting can help set the agenda by adding sessions to the session backlog.
Everyone attending can/should vote on the session of interest in the backlog by raising the count in the Votes column.
The final schedule will be agreed and published week 39.
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:
Odin (formerly Parallels Hosting and Cloud Service Provider Solutions), www.odin.com
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:
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!