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Remember when MySQL was blazingly fast and cared little for SQL standards? When MySQL regarded a view as something nice from your window and a trigger was treated as a weaponry component? Those days are set to return with a MySQL fork called Drizzle.

Remember when MySQL was blazingly fast and cared little for SQL standards? When MySQL regarded a view as something nice from your window and a trigger was treated as a weaponry component?

Those days are set to return with a MySQL fork called Drizzle being announced this week. Drizzle will have a micro-kernel architecture with code being removed from the Drizzle core and moved through interfaces into modules. Brian Aker, the man behind Drizzle and MySQL's director of architecture, has already selected particular functionality for removal: modes, views, triggers, prepared statements, stored procedures, query cache, data conversion inserts, access control lists and some data types.

The target for Drizzle is to power websites and the cloud. But based on comments from readers about the article: doesn't a trimmed down, back-to-basics MySQL essentially become SQLite? At this point its a game of wait-and-see, but with the project having the blessing of Sun's upper management, it certainly will not be disappearing.

A project that has a "sort of" endorsement from management is the attempt to get Perl support into Google's App Engine. A Google employee has gone public with his 20 percent project to try to garner interest from other Perl developers.

OpenSSH 5.1 saw the light of day this week, and the main new feature is the ASCII visualisation of SSH keys. Rather than try to remember a long hexadecimal key, this new technique produces ASCII art which it is hoped will aid in remembering keys so as to know when an SSH key has changed, thus preventing certain security problems.

In the world of local start-ups, Renai LeMay cast his eye over Omnidrive, who is still clinging to life despite its fair share of problems.

Mark Pesce, futurist and honorary associate at the University of Sydney, gave the keynote address at Micrsoft's REMIX08 conference recently — if you missed it, we now have his keynote available.

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