Red Hat will switch from Oracle MySQL to MariaDB, reports

Red Hat will switch from Oracle MySQL to MariaDB, reports

Summary: Officially, Red Hat still isn't saying that MariaDB, instead of Oracle's MySQL, will be its default database management system in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. But off-the-record people close to Red Hat tell a different story.


Is Red Hat switching from Oracle's MySQL to MariaDB for its default database management system (DBMS) in its next major operating system Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)? Officially, Red Hat hasn't decided to switch to MariaDB. Unofficially, it appears to be a different story.


According to several sources close to Red Hat, MariaDB will be RHEL 7's next main DBMS. MariaDB is the MySQL clone created and maintained by Michael "Monty" Widenius, MySQL's founder. This comes after numerous stories from Red Hat Summit in June that MariaDB would replace MySQL.

On the record, Red Hat is sticking to its story that it hasn't made up its mind yet.

Mark Coggin, Red Hat's Senior Director, of Platform Marketing still stands by his statement that "RHEL provides customers' choice by shipping with several databases supported on a 10 year life-cycle. We plan to do the same with RHEL 7 when it ships, however we are not confirming specific features such as the databases, at this time."

Coggin added that the beta of the Red Hat Software Collections 1.0 includes a wide range of dynamic languages and database options including MariaDB version 5.5, MySQL version 5.5, and PostgreSQL version 9.2."

As for RHEL 7 itself, "Despite not sharing the details, databases will be offered as part of the overall solution when RHEL 7 ships. Our intent is to offer customers broad choices and new functionality coupled with the stability that RHEL is known for."

Red Hat's community distribution, Fedora, which is also a testbed for future versions of RHEL, has already switched to MariaDB. Red Hat personnel close to the matter said "MariaDB will be RHEL 7's default DBMS. Yes, other DBMSs, like MySQL and PostgresSQL will be supported as well, but MariaDB is the future."

There are many reasons for this move. As Rikki Endsley, an IT professional and writer, recently pointed out there are many reasons users are dropping MySQL. They include: MariaDB is more open-source friendly and it's seen as both scales better, and running faster.

All this spells bad news for Oracle. RHEL is easily the most popular Linux server. The other major business Linux servers, the RHEL clone CentOS will move in turn to MariaDB after RHEL Does, and SUSE's community openSUSE has also switched from MySQL to MariaDB.

With so many Linux servers turning away from MySQL, Oracle's MySQL acquisition bet is looking more and more like a loser. Instead of being an entry-point for businesses using Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Python/Perl (LAMP) software stacks to move to Oracle's higher-end DBMSs, MySQL is looking more and more like a dead-end.

Indeed, given Oracle's last disappointing last few quarters, the company's 2009 purchase of Sun for Java, SPARC servers and MySQL for $7.4-billion is looking quite foolish.

MariaDB and its allies such as SkySQL are looking better and better.

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Topics: Data Management, Linux, Open Source, Oracle, Servers

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  • They should avoid political decisions

    Since thats all that a switch to MariaDB would be. Despite all the Oracle hate the M in LAMP is still predominately MySQL. Compatible or not most orgs with deeply imbedded MySQL configurations are going to jump ship just becasue RedHat does.
    • hmm..

      I am not so sure. A drop in replacement with better performance.. It would not be that hard to make the switch.
    • They are equivalent.

      Right down to the configuration files.

      Now as Oracle makes MySQL more proprietary and less innovative, MariaDB will have taken over.
  • Good

    Depending upon Oracle for MySQL makes no sense.
  • great news

    this great news - the rest of the distros will follow suit too most likely.

    oracle has marginalized solaris and basically killed it so who knows what they will do with mysql since oracle db is their prime business.