What is MariaDB?
MariaDB is the result of the concern of some of the original MySQL developers following Oracle’s acquisition of the company in 2009. Being a MySQL fork, the goal of the community behind MariaDB has always been to maintain a high degree of compatibility with it, including library binary parity and exact matching with MySQL APIs and commands. However, over time, MariaDB has introduced new features not available in MySQL, giving it a huge advantage in terms of performance.
Over the years, MariaDB has developed its own roadmap, focusing on constantly improving key aspects of scalability and processing speed. This is how today you can get 5 major versions of this incredible database.
- MariaDB 10.2. Launched in 2016, This is the oldest version of MariaDB available on the market. His End of Life is announced for May 2022.
- MariaDB 10.3. Released in 2017, this version introduced general improvements and bug fixes. Support for this version will end in May 2023.
- MariaDB 10.4. Released in 2018, like the previous version, numerous bug fixes, and some performance tweaks were included. This version will be supported until June 2024.
- MariaDB 10.5. Released in 2019, this is still one of the most popular versions of MariaDB, especially due to its high replication speed. This version will be supported until June 2025.
- MariaDB 10.6. Released in April 2021, this is the latest version of MariaDB.It includes several performance improvements as well as better support for newer storage engines. This version will be supported until July 2026.
Why Use MariaDB?
There are many reasons to prefer MariaDB over MySQL and other databases on the market. Below we list some of them.
- MariaDB has more (and newer) storage engines than MySQL.
- MariaDB is binary compatible with MySQL, making it a perfect alternative for developing web applications such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, and more.
- MariaDB has a huge connection pool supporting over 200,000 connections.
- In general terms, MariaDB is faster than MySQL.
- 100% free and open-source.
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