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New Old Kids on the Block/Fork

The war over free software in the cooperate world has a few wounded developers.With never ending forks and bend in the road over code..will these new old kids on the block emerge out into the light over the coming years.Only the adoption count can tell…

LibreOffice (The new “Open Office”)

LibreOffice is a productivity suite that is compatible with other major office suites, and available on a variety of platforms. It is free software and therefore free to download, use and distribute.

illumos (The new OpenSolaris)

illumos aspires to be the community built and maintained version of Oracle’s OpenSolaris code. illumos replaces the closed binaries from the upstream code, and aims to closely follow upstream releases – allowing continued independant development.

(The new MySQL’s)

Drizzle (database server)

Drizzle is a free software/open source database management system (DBMS) that was forked from version 6.0 of the MySQL DBMS.

Like MySQL, Drizzle has a client/server architecture and uses SQL as its primary command language. Drizzle is distributed under version 2 and 3 of the GNU General Public License (GPL) with portions, including the protocol drives and replication messaging under the BSD.


MariaDB is a database server that offers drop-in replacement functionality for MySQL1. MariaDB is built by some of the original authors of MySQL, with assistance from the broader community of Free and open source software developers. In addition to the core functionality of MySQL, MariaDB offers a rich set of feature enhancements including alternate storage engines, server optimizations, and patches.

MariaDB is primarily driven by developers at Monty Program, a company founded by Michael “Monty” Widenius, the original author of MySQL, but this is not the whole story about MariaDB. On the “About MariaDB” page you will find more information about all participants in the MariaDB community, including storage engines XtraDB and PBXT.

Percona Server

Percona Server is a fork of the MySQL database that includes the XtraDB storage engine. It is an enhanced version of the MySQL database server that is fully compatible, and deviates as little as possible from it, while still providing beneficial new features, better performance, and improved instrumentation for analysis of performance and usage.

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