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Forking MySQL/ for how long can forks keep up?
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  • Fact: MySQL 5.6 was released as GA in February 2013
  • Fact: MySQL 5.6 has been available with its complete set of features since September 2012
  • Fact: On September 21st, Oracle has released MySQL 5.7.2, which is the de facto major release after MySQL 5.6 (5.7.1 was just a token “we’re-still-in-business” release).
  • Fact: As of today, there is no GA-ready fork of MySQL 5.6.

Percona Server is still in RC state, while MariaDB, with its runaway version 10, is still in alpha state. Of these releases, Percona Server seems the one in the better shape. Their problem was to adapt Percona Server to the enhanced codebase for 5.6, and the merging problems were bigger than the ones encountered in 5.1 and 5.5. Percona Server is a business oriented

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Who's afraid of MySQL forks?
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There is much talk about MySQL forks and how they are going to replace MySQL, or take over MySQL user base, or become more powerful/profitable/popular/you-name-it than MySQL itself.
Let's clear some air on this topic. There is more about forks than meets the eye, especially if you think about a few obvious facts.
What's a fork? According to Wikipedia
a project fork happens when developers take a legal copy of source code from one software package and start independent development on it, creating a distinct piece of software.
By this definition, when someone who doesn't work at the MySQL project distributes a package that


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