Recently there have been many alternatives presented to MySQL, with MariaDB looking like a great alternative due to its drop-in nature, and increased performance.
MariaDB is a fork of MySQL that was launched in 2009 by original MySQL coder Ulf Michael "Monty" Widenius. It's meant to be a drop-in replacement, meaning any application that runs on MySQL should run unmodified on the MariaDB server. MariaDB does have one important characteristic that MySQL doesn't share, however: MariaDB isn't owned by Oracle.
MariaDB is a binary drop-in replacement for MySQL, developed by original authors of MySQL Project and fully compatible with MySQL having more features and better performance enhancement. Till we wrote this post, MariaDB 10.0 Series is the development version (Alpha) and MariaDB 5.5 is the current...
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