There has been a recent spate of blog posts and tweets regarding MaxScale binary downloads requiring acceptance of an Evaluation License that some in the community perceived to be onerous. MariaDB took quick action to make these binaries available without accepting the license, and were quickly – and rightly – praised for listening to the community. [UPDATE 2016-04-14: It turns out the measures MariaDB took were incomplete, and that accessing downloads of MaxScale still require accepting the Evaluation License terms – see comments for details] The MaxScale binaries are part of a larger concern for me, and I commented as much on the blog highlighting MariaDB’s action. That comment hasn’t been approved by the author (though later comments have been), so I thought it might not be the right venue to raise such questions – hence this blog post. I hope MariaDB proves as responsive to these concerns/questions as they were to the MaxScale binary issues! Continue reading Requests for MariaDB
MariaDB recently announced the migration of the JIRA bug tracking system from the current Atlassian-hosted instance to a self-hosted installation to be found at jira.mariadb.org. This likely isn’t a big deal to the community, and MariaDB is being very proactive in coordinating this change in the community – but it’s an opportunity for me to ask a few questions regarding MariaDB’s JIRA usage to which I can’t find answers. I certainly welcome answers, feedback or clarification from MariaDB staff.
Before getting started, I should say that I appreciate MariaDB – the product, the company, the staff and the foundation. MariaDB/SkySQL/Monty Programs serve a unique and useful purpose for community, users and staff who prefer not to deal with Oracle. I don’t view myself as a critic of MariaDB, and I consider a good number of MariaDB staff my friends. Getting a better understanding of how MariaDB operates the bug system is of interest to me, and perhaps the larger community as well. Continue reading Questions about MariaDB’s bug system