MariaDB vs MySQL

This whitepaper goes through the similarities and differences of MySQL & and MariaDB databases and makes usage recommendations.

Among the similarities between MariaDB and MySQL are the basics that makes MariaDB 1) easy for an experienced MySQL user to install and start benefting from MariaDB's enhancements, and 2) easy for an inexperienced MySQL user to utilize the many MySQL — and growing number of MariaDB — training and learning resources available both online and off.

Among the differences are MariaDB's increased ease of usage, performance related enhancements, better testing, fewer bugs and fewer warnings.

The white paper summarises: With MariaDB, you not only get everything good from MySQL, you also get extra features, performance improvements, better testing, and fewer bugs.