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.
Greetings, everyone. I recently upgraded to Fedora 19 and found out about the implementation of MariaDB instead of MySQL. I was working on a project using MySQL with Netbeans before upgrading; and I don't mind trying/using MariaDB (Open Source!) but I know nothing about MariaDB! I already downloaded the driver to use it with netbeans but I don't know how to start MariaDB.