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Longest Running Linux Distribution Slackware Adopts MariaDB 109

Posted by timothy
from the onward-and-upward dept.
First time accepted submitter Gerardo Zamudio writes with the news that Ur-distribution Slackware is replacing MySQL with MariaDB. From an update posted to the Slackware news feed yesterday: "This shouldn't really be a surprise on any level. The poll on LQ showed a large majority of our users were in favor of the change. It's my belief that the MariaDB Foundation will do a better job with the code, be more responsive to security concerns, and be more willing to work with the open source community. And while I don't think there is currently any issue with MySQL's licensing of the community edition for commercial uses, several threads on LQ showed that there is confusion about this, whereas with MariaDB the freedom to use the software is quite clear." (Here's a link to the mentioned poll.)
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Longest Running Linux Distribution Slackware Adopts MariaDB

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  • by ArchieBunker (132337) on Sunday March 24, 2013 @12:37PM (#43263525) Homepage

    Not really. But Slackware is probably the only distro I'd consider running. Most other distros have so much bloat and dependency on scripts that modifying anything breaks stuff. I really dislike how far things have changed from the 2.0 kernel days.

  • Re:Come on... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ShanghaiBill (739463) * on Sunday March 24, 2013 @01:49PM (#43263875)

    An important change in the distro affecting hundreds of users is based on a poll from only 59 people?

    A sample size of 59 is more than sufficient. A more important concern is whether the sample is representative, and whether the question is biased in some way.

    People often greatly overestimate the importance of sample size [wikipedia.org] in polling, but increasing the sample size usually makes little difference. For instance, if you are conducting a political poll by phone, you need to consider that Democrats are more likely to be home, more likely to answer the phone (rather than let to go to an answering machine), and more willing to talk to pollsters. You also need to consider that Republicans are more likely to have multiple phone numbers, and are more likely to actually vote. Properly accounting for these factors will improve your results far more than increasing your sample size.

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