Red Hat will switch from Oracle MySQL to MariaDB, reports
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.
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."
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.
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.