“We can do it, you can help”

This is how Marten Mickos (MySQL CEO) described the relationship between MySQL and the open source community at MySQL Camp. MySQL Camp held at Google over last weekend, was an useful opportunity to listen and talk to developers in the broad MySQL ecosystem (including Oracle VP) as well as MySQL users.

The most interesting talk was about the efforts made by MySQL folks to attract and reward MySQL community contributors. They have made significant efforts in this direction – MySQL forge, Planet MySQL, MySQL winter of code, MySQL community server and availability of MySQL work logs (roadmap)

We, at Zmanda, also understand the need to have vibrant open source community behind our work and also subscribe to the motto “We can do it, you can help”. We have created wiki and forums so that users can discuss backup and recovery of MySQL databases as well as open source network based backups. We also sponsor open source developers working on backup and recovery.

The focus of this “unconference” was to have interactive sessions on various topics (several impromptu ones were added) that were of interest to MySQL users. I organized a session on MySQL Online Backup APIs and Zmanda recovery manager (ZRM) for MySQL which was well attended given that it was competing with a popular session on top 10 (I should say, 100) MySQL performance tips. It deserves another blog entry!

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