What’s Next?

Just a heads-up that today, October 12, is my last official working day at Monty Program. The change is bittersweet. Bitter because I will very much miss working with a very talented team. Sweet because I leave with a real sense of accomplishment. Monty hired me 2.5 years ago to drive awareness of MariaDB and to start building a viable community around it. I think these goals have been met to a large degree.

While I have been using vacation days recently, I did follow the announcements by Oracle regarding new closed, commercial extensions. Almost universally in these discussions MariaDB is put forth as a fully Free, drop-in replacement. The Reddit comments on Monty’s blog post about this issue are a good example. Also, Monty, Colin, and I have noticed that over the past 6 months or so the, “What is MariaDB?” conversations, especially at conference booths, had dropped precipitously. It’s exceedingly gratifying to see that MariaDB is a known solution, and that the work around it is seen as a true project, rather than a corporate product distributed freely. People know the project. A community has really started to coalesce. This being the case, the inevitable, “So … what’s next?” conversation with Monty ensued, and neither of us had an answer at our fingertips. So it’s time for me to move on and find a new challenge.

I would definitely not be leaving Monty Program unless Colin was staying. There is a lot of work in community gardening, and Colin is a rock star. The “What’s next?” conversation with Monty did not have to include stewardship of the MariaDB community. If you have questions about what’s happening in MariaDB world, Colin is the person to find henceforth.

It’s been a great time working for Monty Program, and I wish them and the MariaDB project every success. Starting up a project and a community around critical LAMP plumbing was an extremely fun ride!

MariaDB at LinuxCon North America

I’m in Vancouver this week for the Linux Foundation’s annual North American conference.

Monty Program is once again a proud sponsor of LinuxCon, and as such we’ll have a table in the Technology Showcase (the equivalent of an Expo Hall). If you use, hack on, or are otherwise interested in MariaDB and/or MySQL, stop by and say hello! Also, be sure to attend Colin’s talk Friday at 1400!

It’s hard to believe we’re celebrating 20 years of the Linux kernel this year. Rock on!

A Folder Called Booty

I read on bOING-bOING yesterday that the “LulzSec” group has decided to call it quits. I was extremely amused by their naming a directory of stolen information “booty.” I called dibs on naming my first nerdcore hip-hop album A Folder Called Booty. Without further ado, here are the lyrics to the title track, released under a CC (NC-BY-SA) license. Enjoy!

IRCing with my peeps over SSL.
Mega-corporations gonna give ’em hell.
Metasploit’s running and *ding* goes the bell,
Backdoor’s open ’cause we do it well.

Bouncing through TOR for our attack.
Think you’re secure? This our payback.
You think Norton helps?! That’s just whack.
You have a security fissure, not a tiny crack.

Penetration testing is a sacred duty.
Your MCSE save you? You’re thinkin’ fruity.
We’re in, we’re gone, we got your looty.
It’s now all stored in a folder called booty.

Law enforcement wants to put us in jail.
But what about “experts” full of total fail?
Unencrypted files, docs and your e-mail.
*TOOT TOOT* the Lulzboat is settin’ sail.

Your data is gone now the point is mooty.
‘Cause penetration testing is a sacred duty.
We’re in, we’re gone, we got your looty.
It’s now all stored in a folder called booty.

Anon, Lulz and other hacktivist groups,
Are showing you your problems, they’re not shock troops.
You can break in most servers faster than eating Froot Loops.
Now how low will law enforcement stoop?

You suck at security, don’t mean to sound snooty.
‘Cause penetration testing is a sacred duty.
We’re in, we’re gone, we got your looty.
It’s now all stored in a folder called booty.

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Disclaimer: I am not now, nor have I ever been, associated with any group mentioned above. I do not condone illegal electronic acts, and will not ever commit them. These lyrics are written from a first-person perspective solely for artistic reasons. I am exceedingly grateful to live in a country with the inalienable right to free speech.

Percona Live NYC

The next Percona Live event is this week, and in this time it’s in Manhattan! I’m grateful to Percona for giving me the opportunity to speak to attendees about current happenings in the MariaDB world. If you use SQL in the tri-state area, you should definitely consider getting yourself to Percona Live this Thursday.

See you there! And yes, yes … I’ll have black vodka.

MariaDB 5.2.6 Released

I just sent an e-mail to the MariaDB announce list (a low-traffic list to which you should subscribe if you’re only interested in important news) the release announcement for MariaDB 5.2.6. The announcement has much more information, as do the release notes and changelog.

Much of the project’s focus over the past weeks has been on the 5.3 and 5.5 series, as beta releases are something we’d like to do very soon. Add to this the continued discussions of potential 5.6 work initially started in Lisbon and the MySQL Users’ Conference last month, and it’s a recipe for neglect of existing stable release trees. Thankfully this is not the case, and the tradition of providing meaningful updates to stable releases continues. Great job!

Speaking of the MySQL-UC, the Monty Program booth in the Expo Hall sold t-shirts and held an auction to raise money for relief efforts in Japan. After some time waiting for Direct Relief International to process payment, I am pleased to report that thanks to the generosity of UC attendees we were able to raise US$664.66 to donate toward the ongoing efforts to bring some sort of normalcy to the country. Thank you to everyone that donated. どうもありがとうございます!

MariaDB Draft Trademark Policy Available

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned in a post that Monty Program was working on a trademark policy for MariaDB, and we hoped to have something available for community review in early 2011.

Well, that draft is ready now. The draft is available in the MariaDB knowledgebase, and we are soliciting public feedback through January 2. During the first week of January any approved edits will be made to make a final version, and that final policy mirrored on mariadb.org and montyprogram.com.

Hopefully the intent of allowing the unhindered development of cool stuff related to MariaDB while protecting the value of the primary brand itself is made clear. Let us know what you think in comments to the KB entry. If you suggest edits, please be sure your reasoning is expressed plainly. Of course, glaring oversights or errors should be brought to our attention regardless of the open commenting deadline. But please make a little time in the next 2 weeks to give us some input.


MariaDB 5.1.53 And 5.2.4 Released

This past Monday updates in both the 5.1 and 5.2 series of MariaDB were released. It’s a pretty big deal, as some issues have been solved that affect a large number of users. You should read the release notes for MariaDB 5.1.53 and for MariaDB 5.2.4 as well as the release announcement. The annoucement contains download links from worldwide mirrors.

Speaking of downloads, the 5.2 series has seen a remarkable increase in download totals. Several orders of magnitude, in fact. That’s usually a pretty good sign, so I’ll take it as such. It hopefully means more people are using MariaDB, and when talking about such matters with colleague Colin, he decided to get nosy with users. Satisfy Colin’s morbid curiosity, would you? Alright, mine too.

If you want to write an epic poem about your everlasting love for MariaDB, enduring hatred of it, or anything in between, you could sing it to Colin next week if you’re going to FOSS.in. Be sure to find Colin if you’re a MariaDB, MySQL, or general DB wonk.

Enjoy the new releases!