"First, the crème de la crème of MySQL's
developers and founders started leaving Sun. Then, Michael 'Monty'
Widenius, MySQL's founder and, then Sun's CTO for its MySQL
division, announced the release of the next version by publicly
stating that the latest MySQL release contained "many known and
unknown fatal bugs. That must have gone over well at Sun's HQ.
"It probably wouldn't surprise you to know that Widenius has
since left Sun. He's now working on his own community branch of
MySQL, MariaDB. Its purpose? "To provide a community developed,
stable, and always Free branch of MySQL that is, on the user level,
compatible with the main version."