MariaDB Corporation Ab,MariaDB Foundation
|Initial release||January 22, 2009|
|Written in||C, C++, Perl, Bash|
MariaDB is an enhanced, drop-in replacement for MySQL and is available under the terms of the GPL v2 license. It's developed by the MariaDB community with the MariaDB Foundation as its main steward.
Security is a particular focus for the MariaDB developers. The project maintains its own set security patches on top of MySQL's. For each MariaDB release the developers also merge in all of MySQL's security patches and enhance them if necessary. When critical security issues are discovered the developers immediately prepare and distribute a new release of MariaDB to get the fix out as quickly as possible.
Many of the security issues found in MySQL and MariaDB have been found and reported by the MariaDB team. The MariaDB team works closely with http://cve.mitre.org/ to ensure all security issues are promptly reported and explained in sufficient detail. The security details are typically released after fixed MariaDB and MySQL versions have been published.
MariaDB is kept up to date with the latest MySQL release from the same branch and in most respects MariaDB will work exactly as MySQL. All commands, interfaces, libraries and APIs that exist in MySQL also exist in MariaDB. There is no need to convert databases to switch to MariaDB. MariaDB is a true drop in replacement of MySQL! Additionally, MariaDB has many nice new features that you can take advantage of.
The MariaDB Foundation ensures that there is not just one person or one company driving MariaDB/MySQL development. It is the custodian of the MariaDB code and guardian of the MariaDB community.
The MariaDB Foundation is the owner of the main MariaDB server project and owns mariadb.org. This ensures that the official MariaDB development tree will always be open for the MariaDB developer community.
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