[CentOS] why does centos 7 want to install mariadb instead of mysql ?

Mon Sep 1 09:25:16 UTC 2014
Johnny Hughes <johnny at centos.org>

On 08/30/2014 05:33 PM, Keith Keller wrote:
> On 2014-08-30, Tim Dunphy <bluethundr at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I just got around to trying out CentOS 7. And for some reason when I
>> attempt to install mysql-server, instead I'm offered mariadb?
> There are concerns in the wider open source community about Oracle's
> long-term plans for MySQL.  I also imagine there is some concern from
> RedHat that Oracle is trying to move in to RedHat's space with Oracle
> Linux.
>> I'm using epel and remi as my repos.
> Questions about non-CentOS repos should probably be directed to lists
> for those repos; CentOS has no official authority over EPEL (I am not
> familiar with remi).
>> I don't know what you think, but this is just weird to me. Why on earth
>> would CentOS 7 be trying to get me to install a database that I don't
>> really want instead of MySQL? Nothing against mariadb. It's just that I
>> haven't tried it yet, and don't have a real interest to.
> If MariaDB is coming from EPEL, as suggested by your yum output, then
> CentOS is not trying to get you to do anything.  But I believe that
> MariaDB is also in core CentOS.  Perhaps RH does not have an alias for
> mysql-server but EPEL does?

Mariadb replaces mysql in RHEL-7 (and also Fedora 19), so it also
replaces mysql in CentOS-7.

yum install mariadb-server should be used to get the default mariadb
server from the distro.

> MariaDB should be a drop-in replacement for MySQL.  If you have concerns
> about Oracle and MySQL you should seriously consider trying MariaDB.
> You may decide against it, of course, but at least you'll have made a
> technical decision instead of a knee-jerk one.  (I do still find links
> that conflate MySQL and MariaDB, which is unfortunate.)
> --keith

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