VirtualBox images for MariaDB

Coming from a great MariaDB contributor, Mark, is:

  1. MariaDB 5.1.44 / 5.2.0 Beta Binaries for Solaris 10 SPARC, and Debian GNU/Linux SPARC. Mark does a fabulous job of building these binaries, and he does them really quickly. If you’re on the SPARC platform, give it a go. Send some feedback, also.
  2. Mark has also spent some time developing virtual machines. All you need to get started is download VirtualBox. Mark provides an OpenSolaris 0906 + MariaDB 5.1.44 VM as well as an Ubuntu 10.04 LTS + MariaDB 5.1.42 VM.
  3. It is expected by the end of this week, when Ubuntu 10.04 LTS is released, Mark will upgrade the image to include MariaDB 5.1.44.

Thanks Mark! This is some fabulous work. Go give his VM’s a try and send feedback. Would you like to see any other VM’s? Any other distributions?


  1. Mark Daems says:

    Do these VM's starting MariaDB automatically at boot time? Is the database server available from the host machine, so one can launch the VM as a totally independent DB-server?

    • colincharles says:


      On Ubuntu, MariaDB starts automatically. On OpenSolaris, do follow instructions on Mark's site.

      You can use the database server from the host machine – this involves setting up networking right in VirtualBox. There's some good documentation at their site for that. Its not as straightforward (IMHO) as say VMWare on the Mac, but it sure gets the job done


  2. Ulf Wendel says:

    Now you need to teach people what MariaDB is. Yes, there're still crowds of people that do not know. Here's one –

    • colincharles says:

      Thanks for that Ulf. We have to make it clear that MariaDB can use MySQL connectors. I am guessing some examples might help too. Again, thanks for that


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