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Which SQL is MySQL?


I can be an idiot some days. As proof I’ll only mention that I thought Sun buying MySQL was a great move. Boy was I wrong.

First, the crème de la crème of MySQL’s developers and founders started leaving Sun. Then, Michael ‘Monty’ Widenius, MySQL’s founder and, then Sun’s CTO for its MySQL division, announced the release of the next version by publicly stating that the latest MySQL release contained “many known and unknown fatal bugs. That must have gone over well at Sun’s HQ.

It probably wouldn’t surprise you to know that Widenius has since left Sun. He’s now working on his own community branch of MySQL, MariaDB. Its purpose? “To provide a community developed, stable, and always Free branch of MySQL that is, on the user level, compatible with the main version.”

But, wait there’s more.

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