Use MariaDB instead of MySQL

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I recommend for your database that you switch from using MySQL to using MariaDB. MariaDB is a binary drop-in replacement for MySQL.


MariaDB is a community-developed fork of the MySQL relational database management system intended to remain free under the GNU GPL. It is notable for being led by the original developers of MySQL, who forked it due to concerns over its acquisition by Oracle.



Quoted from Admin Magazine:

The goal for Maria-DB is to be a drop-in replacement for MySQL – with more features and better performance.

MariaDB is based on the corresponding version of MySQL, if one exists. For example, MariaDB 5.1.53 is based on MySQL 5.1.53, with some added bug fixes, additional storage engines, new features, and performance improvements. Versions of MariaDB that do not have an equivalently numbered version of MySQL (e.g., MariaDB 5.2.4) contain major new features the developers felt warranted a new version number.


Here are 10 reasons according to why you should switch to MariaDB:

  • MariaDB development is more open and vibrant
  • Quicker and more transparent security releases
  • More cutting edge features
  • More storage engines
  • Better performance
  • Galera active-active master clustering
  • Oracle stewardship is uncertain
  • MariaDB has leapt in popularity
  • Compatible and easy to migrate
  • Migration might become difficult after 2015 (due to MySQL version compatibility)

i have been using MariaDB on my servers for a couple years now and so far everything is blazing fast and very responsive.

Migration is simple and easy. You download the installer, it checks for an existing MySQL install and replaces the necessary files.  Done.

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