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Sphinx Developer joins our team

 | January 8, 2007 |  Posted In: Events and Announcements


We’re happy to announce Andrew Aksyonoff, developer of popular OpenSource full text search software Sphinx joins our team.

Andrew will now have more time to dedicate to Sphinx development so cool new features will come sooner.

Having Andrew on board we’ll be able to solve all kinds of problems related to full text search, tagging and general information retrieval.

It does not mean we’ll push sphinx ether it suits your needs well or it does not. Sphinx is great for high performance high quality or complex full text search applications – but If you’re looking at smaller search applications we can help you getting most of MySQL build in full text search. If there are some features which are missing in Sphinx or it is not best solution for your application for other reasons we can help you with using Lucene or other external search system.

Finally having Andrew onboard we’ll be able to offer official Sphinx support, consulting and custom feature development via our company.

Peter Zaitsev

Peter managed the High Performance Group within MySQL until 2006, when he founded Percona. Peter has a Master's Degree in Computer Science and is an expert in database kernels, computer hardware, and application scaling.


  • Congratulations, Andrew! I hope this means that Peter can sponsor your trip to the MySQL Conference and Expo 2007, so you can showcase Sphinx at our .ORG-Pavilion 🙂

  • Hello,

    this is great news, if it goes in the direction of continuing public developments (and not privately licensed) on sphinx: will it truly be the case? The announcement above is not clear regarding this point.

    Because if not, many wannabe sphinx users could feel inappropriate to invest their time into sphinx, and unfortunately switch to another public solution, like lucene.

    Thanks for your clarifications, and keep up the good work!

  • Rage,

    Thank you for your question. This surely needs to be clarified.

    1) Andrew will work with us and we’ll kind of sponsor Sphinx development but we will not own Sphinx code.

    2) Sphinx will continue be fully GPL. As Andrew has rights to all the code other licenses are possible, if you would like to embed sphinx for example.

  • This is great news, ive always said to myself mysql should hire Andrew to work for them, but this is easily the next best thing 😉

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