An insightful post for my former (MySQL AB) colleague Giuseppe Maxia about how Oracle’s actions affect the MySQL landscape.
My own comment exploring why it’s happening (from Upstarta perspective) is on his blog post rather than here. From Open Query’s business perspective, we generally deploy MariaDB unless client prefers distro stock. We get the features we need in MariaDB, see the bugfixing and have an open dialog with the developers and see the development process.
While the current new code coming from Oracle definitely has interesting components, MariaDB has solved some real problems (such as subqueries), and integrated useful engines such as Sphinx, FederatedX, and our on OQGraph.
As long as Oracle does useful things for MySQL, MariaDB will keeping picking up those changes also. If/when it doesn’t, MariaDB is still viable. Its team has the necessary expertise, experience and vision. So that has been and will remain our approach to this matter. I don’t see the landscape now as different from when we made that decision.