What is MariaDB?

MariaDB is a fork of the MySQL relational database management system.

It was created by the original developers of MySQL, who decided to make MariaDB an open-source project after MySQL was acquired by Oracle Corporation.

MariaDB is intended to be a drop-in replacement for MySQL, and it offers many of the same features, including support for SQL and a variety of storage engines.

It was first released in January 2009.

MariaDB includes some additional features and improvements over MySQL that may make it a better choice for some users.

MariaDB is known for its performance improvements over MySQL, thanks to its use of the XtraDB storage engine which is a drop-in replacement for InnoDB, a more robust and efficient storage engine than MySQL's InnoDB. MariaDB also includes additional security features such as the ability to encrypt data at rest and improved auditing capabilities.

Additionally, MariaDB is open-source and has a more active community of developers, which means that it may be more responsive to user needs and more quickly incorporate new features and improvements.

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