Non-Oracle MySQL Fork Deemed Ready for Prime Time

Developers looking for an alternative to Oracle-owned MySQL have a new option. Drizzle, an open-source fork of MySQL has reached the GA release stage.

Because Drizzle is based on MySQL code, “applications that use MySQL can usually be converted to use Drizzle relatively easily,” says Andrew Hutchings, a Drizzle developer at Rackspace. Drizzle offers better performance than MySQL, particularly for cloud computing or Web applications. However, it doesn’t have stored procedures, triggers, or views, nor an embedded server, and it doesn’t support Windows.

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