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.
Despite being the most popular open-source database management system (DBMS), Oracle's MySQL has been sinking into trouble. Major Linux distributions like Red Hat and SUSE, are switching it out for its fork, MariaDB. Major Websites, such as Wikipedia, have also replaced MySQL with MariaDB.