Consider replacing MySQL with MariaDB

Asked by Teg

Lately there has been some uncertainty surrounding the future of the MySQL software and how it is being handled by Oracle. The newer releases of Fedora and OpenSuSE are making MariaDB the default instead of MySQL with them eventually removing MySQL entirely. This of course will affect Red Hat Enterprise Linux and CentOS when the changes trickle down.

Currently, MariaDB is not offered in the Debian or Ubuntu repositories, but there is an official one for Ubuntu offered at that follows the 5.5 series and both the packages and source code could be imported into the Ubuntu repositories for a future release.

Maybe at first add MariaDB to the repositories alongside MySQL followed by suggesting to use MariaDB instead of MySQL. When Canonical is ready to pull the switch completely to MariaDB, turn the existing mysql-client and mysql-server packages into transitional metapackages that install mariadb-client and mariadb-server. It Canonical is keen on keepin MySQL no matter what, maybe it could be moved to a Partners repository or continued to be offered alongside MariaDB.

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Thomas Kr├╝ger (thkrueger) said :

Thanks you for your ideas. Unluckily this is not the right place to have this discussion at. The Answers section is for answering user support questions only.
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