Giving Red Hat 7 Users a Choice

Red Hat recently released a beta of what will become the next version of their Enterprise Linux. As many people have noticed, Red Hat opted for a forked version of MySQL 5.5 (which GA’d 3 years ago).

MySQL has come a long way in those three years, and MySQL 5.6 was released just under a year ago. It has much improved performance, it is easier to manage and it has a boatload of new and enhanced features across the board. And not least: over this last year it has proved itself to be the most stable and robust MySQL release ever.

The problem is that Red Hat 7 beta users aren’t given a choice: There is no real, recent MySQL Server in the distro. We certainly welcome competition in the MySQL area; healthy competition energizes people and drives them to perform, but that requires giving users a choice. Restricting choice restricts competition and hurts users.

So today we are launching support for the RHEL 7 beta from the official MySQL yum repository, giving users the choice between what comes with the distro and a more modern, robust and well performing product: MySQL Server 5.6. We also added MySQL Server 5.5 to provide a smooth upgrade path and give a choice to those who want to run an older version of the real MySQL. And to top it off, we have the latest Server 5.7 development milestone in there as well, for those who want to get a taste of the very latest and greatest.

With MySQL Server plus the ODBC and Python connectors in place for RHEL 7, we will proceed to add more connectors and tools over time. So keep watching this space for more news.

Now, if you are an early adopter of EL7, head over to the repo setup page for an easy way to get the real MySQL on your system. And please leave your comments here, or submit a feature request or bug report to the MySQL bug database.

Yngve Svendsen

About Yngve Svendsen

Yngve Svendsen has been part of the MySQL organization since 2008. Based in Trondheim, Norway, he is Senior Director of MySQL Engineering Services and responsible for Release Engineering, QA and development lab IT services for the MySQL org at Oracle. Back in the mists of time he majored in mathematics before the dot com wave swept him into the devops field, first at the database startup company Clustra Inc. and then for Sun Microsystems. In 2005 he joined the Dark Side by becoming a manager in Sun's Database Group which was merged into the MySQL org when Sun acquired MySQL in 2008.

4 thoughts on “Giving Red Hat 7 Users a Choice

  1. Red Hat chooses from thousands of distinct packages (GUI’s, TCP/IP, Virt engine, compilers, installers,…) when choosing the components that make RHEL the leading trusted enterprise infrastructure. Just because they chose a different solution doesn’t mean that they are “restricting choice” – they are simply selecting the best technologies to fit their enterprise customers needs.

    1. Fortunately choice is good, and I can choose OracleLinux instead of RHEL with paid support and save a ton of money!

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