Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Will Keep MySQL 5.5 Despite MariaDB's Success

It's likely that Canonical developers haven't deemed it stable enought

The Ubuntu Developer Summit that just ended has revealed another piece of interesting information regarding a very important feature, especially for the users of the server edition. Canonical will not be using the relatively new MariaDB.

MariaDB is a community fork of MySQL. A few developers felt that MySQL was becoming too closed for their liking and because the license allowed them, they developed a fork called MariaDB. This new fork has already been adopted by quite a few distributions, but it seems that Ubuntu will not be joining them.

“Another big session that we discussed was about the MySQL situation. There are multiple MySQL versions and forks, a cornucopia of different kinds. MySQL 5.5 will remain in 14.04, with Maria and Percona available in universe,” said Jorge Castro, a representative for the Ubuntu Community Team.

This is actually very important news, for the people who are anxiously waiting for the server version Ubuntu 14.04, which is scheduled for a five year support plan. It’s also very unlikely that Maria DB will be adopted in one of the subsequent point releases down the line.

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