I have a plan I would like some eyes on...

I want to gradually *BAN* the use of virtual/mysql and
virtual/libmysqlclient as dependencies.

To accomplish this, force dev-db/mysql-connector-c to be the only souce
of libmysqlclient.so.

Packages that choose to support  libmariadb.so instead can include a
libmariadb USE to hook up to dev-db/mariadb-connector-c that will be
introduced (and they can live side-by-side).  The motivation for this
could be licensing with libmariadb being LGPL instead of GPL.  This is
similar to ffmpeg/libav, except the libraries can co-exist.

The current providers of virtual/mysql would get a new USE flag that is
MASKED for all users for the transition period and pull in the lib
package(s) when that USE is disabled.

virtual/mysql would become a server reference for USERS only.  It would
be a QA warning violation to depend directly on virtual/mysql as it can
live anywhere.

virtual/libmysqlclient would be last-rite as it doesn't work as intended

That about sums it up.

MySQL team lead

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