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Google sniffs at MySQL fork MariaDB: Yum. Have an engineer

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Search giant Google has put its support behind an independent fork of MySQL, the famed open-source database that was gulped down by software giant Oracle when it acquired Sun Microsystems.

The Chocolate Factory has sent an engineer to the MariaDB Foundation, which looks after the fork's codebase, community and ecosystem, and has MySQL daddy Monty Widenius himself as its lead developer.

One engineer isn’t much considering the Google-plex’s humongous staff of 45,000, and the moneybags internet ads machine isn't stumping up any money either. But that’s not the point, apparently.

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