Michael ‘Monty’ Widenius visits SYSLAB

‘Monty’ Widenius, founder of the world’s most widely used RDBMS — MySQL — visited SYSLAB today.

MySQL was recently aquired by Oracle Corporation with the consequence that the way by which its produced and marketed is rapidly changing.

Currently Monty heads a company called Monty Program that organises the development of MariaDB, a drop-in replacement for MySQL. The production of MariaDB follows the old MySQL tradition of agility, to be free and open source (yes, there is a difference!), and providing for the needs of users.

The half Monty

Discussions revolved around how MariaDB could be used in the courses given at SYSLAB and how closer collaborations could be established.

It was a very pleasurable and informative meeting.

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