DorsalSource: MySQL Community Build Site Launched

Back in late 2006, MySQL AB decided to split (or “fork” for the more common open source term) their source code and release structure into two parts: “Community” and “Enterprise”. This has caused quite a lot of stirring in the MySQL market, and a lot of confusion about what exactly the difference is and how the release structure works. It’s actually not easy to really explain the new structure, and I won’t try here. The key point for the purposes of this discussion, is that MySQL is effectively no longer providing builds (binaries) of their community releases, and they don’t provide enterprise builds at all to the public. They are providing source releases of community, but fairly infrequently.

This is a big problem, because it means that there is no realistic way for the average developer or MySQL user to get regular builds (and ones that quickly address bugs) without paying MySQL for a support contract. Most of Proven Scaling‘s customers do not have support contracts with MySQL AB, and have been quite unhappy about the change, and personally I’ve lost a reasonable way to get new features pushed out to the public without excessive delays (up to 6 months to the next community release, and years for enterprise).

Back when MySQL originally polled me on this issue and told me of their plans, I told them that they would just force the community to repair the “damage” in the ecosystem, by providing the builds themselves. I even warned that the one doing the repairing could possibly be myself and Proven Scaling…

So, to get to the point…

This week, at the MySQL Conference and Expo, Solid Information Technology and Proven Scaling have announced a collaborative project to address the needs of the community for frequent releases with interesting features, bug fixes, and new patches: DorsalSource. Immediately, we have begun providing over 40 binaries of MySQL community and enterprise forks on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. We plan to add many additional platforms and variations of the builds, in addition to many more features to build a real developer community around MySQL.

We will continue the development of DorsalSource, adding many great new features—we have a ton of ideas, it’s just a matter of implementing them and getting them out there for users to use. If you have any questions, comments, or ideas for how to improve the site, or really anything at all, please feel free to contact me directly or leave a comment here.

MySQL Job Fair at MySQL Conf & Expo 2007

One of the main questions we get at Proven Scaling is “Where do we find MySQL DBAs, Architects, and Developers?”

Next week is the MySQL Conference and Expo in Santa Clara, California. Inspired by the success of our impromptu job board at MySQL Camp last year (although whiteboards with no moderation tend to get messy), we decided to make a more formal job board this year. Something much more prominent, more organized, cleaner, and easier for both employers and job seekers to use. With great thanks to Solid for allowing us to use some of their Expo Hall space, we will have a formal job board in the Expo Hall, which is open April 24th and 25th.

We will have several “wall” panels at the edge of Solid’s Expo Hall space, and a kiosk (with Internet access) where you can enter your own job postings on the spot. Each posting will be printed out as a nice PDF, which will be mounted on the wall, and take-away cards will be printed with your contact information for candidates to take with them.

Posting your open jobs is completely FREE as a service to the community.

If you’re not going to the conference yourself, you just want to get your posting in early (please do!), or you want to post from the comfort of your own computer, head over to ExpoJobFair and sign up to post your open jobs!

FreeCert: Get MySQL-certified for free!

In the spirit of our Free Ride program, Proven Scaling is offering fifty (50) free MySQL certification vouchers at this year’s MySQL Conference and Expo in Santa Clara, California from April 23 through April 26.

You must be present at the conference to pick up the free passes, and they are only good at the at-conference certification testing area during the conference itself on April 24-26. Each voucher is good for one test, but it’s up to you which test you take.

Go to Proven Scaling FreeCert to enter!

MySQL Conference & Expo Free Ride Winners

It was a tough decision, but after much deliberation, the Proven Scaling Free Ride panel has made their decision, and the MySQL Conference & Expo 2007 Free Ride winners have been chosen. To recap, each of the winners will receive:

  • Round-trip airfare from their location to SJC, SFO, or OAK airport
  • Transportation from the airport to hotel/conference
  • Hotel accommodations
  • A meal stipend
  • A full conference pass, provided by MySQL AB (Thanks, MySQL!)

Without further ado, here are the winners and their stories:

Jan Lehnardt, a student from Münster, Germany

Asked why we should choose him, Jan says: “I’m not a one trick pony. I’m a computer science student, but I attend classes in English literature and linguistics. I’m a freelancing open-source consultant by night, so I can pay for my studies. I like to improve user-interfaces by making them more humane. I want to make the web accessible and good looking to not only the 14 to 40 generation.”

J.R. Bullington, from a non-profit in Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA

J.R. had this to say about the opportunity: “I know that this section isn’t long, but it really does come down to money. I can get the time off and I have the support of my superiors. However, as we do not gain a profit and only gain enough capital to keep the lights on and the water running, training and conferences are not in the budget unless I pay for them myself.”

Carlos Proal Aguilar, from a non-profit in Puebla, Mexico

Carlos is concerned about the community in Latin America, and wonders why there is so little action on an international scale coming from the area. Carlos also says: “I have been a big MySQL fan for several years and have contributed with the mailing list and some bugs/patches and right now i have a couple of tutorials that I want to share with the community (after translating from Spanish to English).”

Thanks for all the entries, and I look forward to meeting Jan, Sean, and Carlos at the conference in just about three weeks.

Update: Sean Walberg couldn’t make it to the conference due to some scheduling conflicts, so we have chosen J.R. Bullington to replace him.