Popular database server which offers drop-in replacement functionality for MySQL, used by Wikipedia, Google, Facebook and others

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Designed by the original developers of MySQL, MariaDB is a free and open-source database server used by Wikipedia, Google, Facebook, and others. It represents a drop-in replacement for MySQL, a relational database that facilitates an SQL interface for data access, and it intends to remain an open-source project for the public.

The most recent edition of the database server includes all MySQL 5.5 features, such as interfaces, APIs, libraries and commands. It has support for GIS and JSON, along with the XtraDB storage engine that replaces InnoDB (default in MySQL), in addition to Aria, a new storage engine which aims to become a crash-safe alternative to MyISAM and the default transactional and non-transactional storage engine for MariaDB.

The list of clients compatible with MariaDB includes Database Workbench, DBEdit, HeidiSQL, Navicat, phpMyAdmin, and SQLyog. As far as web applications are concerned, official support is provided by Drupal, ERP5, Kajona, MediaWiki, and Moodle.

The developers have their own security patches, in addition to those supplied by MySQL. Critical security issues are rapidly identified, resolved and distributed with new versions of the database server. Details about them are usually made available to the public after the latest editions of MariaDB and MySQL are published.

We at AppsForMyPC have tested and used MariaDB and it worked pretty smoothly 🙂 🙂