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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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  • Frosty piss (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 24, 2013 @12:27PM (#43263451)

    MariaDB sucks. I'll stick with MS Access. Best. Database. Ever.

    • by mortonda (5175)

      Real programmers roll their own database files with b-tree indexes. ;)

      • by Mister Liberty (769145) on Sunday March 24, 2013 @01:37PM (#43263825)

        Real men remember where they left their stuff.

      • Back in the early 90s I was working on a project that had a really large database (about 10,000 rows.) My coworkers were doing the user interface, and I was doing backend data interfaces. I spent a day learning enough SQL and Informix to do what we needed, but management didn't want to spring for $5K for an Informix software license, so I built the pieces I needed out of the standard Unix sort and join. It worked well enough, though it took an extra week or two because there are lots of slightly differen

    • MariaDB sucks. I'll stick with MS Access. Best. Database. Ever.

      You youngsters have no sense of history. The "Best. Database. Ever." was dBase. No run along and play

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Is mentioning "Longest Running Linux Distribution" vital in the context?

    • 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.

      • Well, yes; you need to understand how a distro does something before you go modifying their config files. It's not hard really, it's just something to keep in mind.

        Personally, I don't see what the big deal is.

      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by hobarrera (2008506)

        Have you tried ArchLinux?

        • by Anonymous Coward

          I used Arch for over a year and really liked it. One day I decided to try Slackware. Biggest improvement was not having to constantly update. Arch is great but it turns out I didn't really need rolling release. Additionally less (admittedly) minor issues with Slackware. Arch is a great distro but Slackware is better (for me).

        • No actually. I'm more of a BSD fan.

        • by zixxt (1547061)

          Have you tried ArchLinux?

          Arch lost its way when it started shipping and System D as the default init and banning users from its forums for disagreeing with that dreadful action.

          I was once a Arch user a couple years ago. It was a awesome distro back then but now it has lost the KISS way!

          • systemd has it's issues (mostly design issues), but from an admin/user POV, it's easier to maintain and pretty much adheres to the KISS principle.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      yes, as it shows that a important distro, known to not doing risky decisions and taking stability as a main goal, will make what everyone thinks but little admit

    • by mwvdlee (775178)

      Yes. It distinguishes between "Nobody should give a damn what this distro chooses to do" and "The is a rather significant choice, considering the distro's notability" and does so using less words and more proof.

  • Poll was garbage (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 24, 2013 @12:35PM (#43263509)

    A 59 user poll without the option repeatedly mentioned in the comments (which was to dump all of them) at a site pretty much devoted to answering easy linux questions (ie, newbies...)

    Who fucking cares? It's not a big deal, at all, for anyone running Slackware.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 24, 2013 @01:07PM (#43263671)

      I agree. There was no option for CowboyNealDB.

      The poll was worthless.

    • by DarkOx (621550)

      Well independent of what the main website is devoted to doing, the forum there is the "Official" web form for Slackware. If you want to post something the developers; mainly Patrick, will read LQ is the place to do it. So for anyone running Slackware and having strong feelings about anything in particular, your opinion matters Pat cares, and you should pay attention to what goes on at LQ; because chances are good you will be affected by it.

    • by higuita (129722)

      Just in case you dont know, LQ is the oficial slackware forum. Many important slackware users and admins are there.
      there is also a internal mailling list and the freenode IRC channel. All serve as a feedback for decision making.

  • by Anonymous Coward

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

    • by Anonymous Coward

      That is, in fact, a massive sample size if it's only going to affect "hundreds" of users.

    • 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.

      • So, why do we bother with the expense of elections? Serious question. If polling 1000 people can tell you what it is we want, then why bother asking everyone? Because of some fiction regarding waiting outside a polling place for 4 hours? Wouldn't it be better if we just let the smart people in our society take all the positions of power instead of dumbfuck politicians?
        • So, why do we bother with the expense of elections? Serious question. If polling 1000 people can tell you what it is we want, then why bother asking everyone?

          Legitimacy. If properly conducted, the result would be the same, but people would not trust the process and would not accept the result.

          Wouldn't it be better if we just let the smart people in our society take all the positions of power instead of dumbfuck politicians?

          Who are the "smart people"? Obviously I am one of them, but I am too busy to run the country.

        • by tehcyder (746570)

          Wouldn't it be better if we just let the smart people in our society take all the positions of power instead of dumbfuck politicians?

          Well, obviously I'm the smartest person in the whole world so I'll be Prez. You seem fairly bright, so how about Secretary of State for Wars and Shit?

  • Been using slackware from day one, looks like it's finally time to move on.

    • Ironically, I just ordered my first Slackware DVD today. I have been running Red Hat and Debian variants for years. At work, our enterprise has had a strictly Windows only policy for years. Now, our management is fully committed to an enterprise-wide migration of Windows to Linux for our Oracle database servers (over 500 of them), and I am in charge of it.

      The reason I ordered slackware is because it requires in-depth knowledge of Linux, something the other distros don't require as much. I figure this wi

  • when Amazon offers MariaDB, I will know its time to embrace it. For now, I will stick with Mysql. I think MariaDB is "my" future, but not this year. Why won't it just get bought up by Larry Ellison or worse?

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  • A hundred posts and nobody has asked if it's webscale yet?

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