Monty Program and SkySQL merging their efforts to offer a real alternative to MySQL

Developers behind two different projects Monty and SkySQL are merging their efforts under a unified brand SkySQL.

The idea is to provide a comprehensive alternative to MySQL which is now owned by Oracle.

In fact, Wikipedia announced earlier this week that they were ditching a fork of MySQL to switch to MariaDB.

SkySQL CEO Patrik Sallner would be the CEO of the merged entity. Monty Widenius of Monty Program would be the CTO.

Michael ‘Monty’ Widenius, CTO of the MariaDB Foundation, spoke about this new development:

The MySQL database is named after my first daughter, My. The MariaDB database is named after my second daughter, Maria. With this merger and my own role in the MariaDB Foundation, I’m ensuring that the MariaDB project will remain ‘open source forever’, while knowing that enterprise and community users of both the MySQL & MariaDB databases will benefit from best-in-breed products, services and support provided by SkySQL. And who doesn’t want the best for their children?

Patrik Sallner, CEO of SkySQL added:

By bringing on board the talented MariaDB developer team, SkySQL proposes a comprehensive partnership to leading open source database users. We are committed to develop MariaDB into the most versatile open source database. We look forward to working with the MariaDB Foundation as they engage with developers and users of MariaDB as well as with their important mission of ensuring the independence of the MariaDB project itself.

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