The Big Fork: libSQL with Glauber Costa

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About this Episode

Glauber Costa (@glcst) is the founder of Turso and the co-creator of libSQL, an open source, open contribution fork of the database engine library, SQLite. Most people believe that SQLite is open-source software, but it actually exists in the public domain and doesn’t accept external contributions. With their big fork, Glauber and his team have set out to evolve SQLite into a modern database with support for distributed data, an asynchronous interface, compatibility with WASM and Linux, and more.

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In this episode we discuss:

  • Community reactions to forking SQLite

  • How Glauber was spoiled by starting his career developing for Linux

  • The controversial decision to launch libSQL without writing a single line of code

  • The plan for incorporating upstream changes from SQLite

  • Examples of how application developers need to move code “to the edge”


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