We dumped MariaDB 10.2.3
We are now running MySQL 8.0.23
As time goes on, MySQL develops more extensive features or changes to its internal architecture. They have more developers on staff than MariaDB, so they are making changes at a faster pace.
Who's Currently Behind The Databases?
In 2010, MySQL was acquired by the Oracle Corporation. At that time, one of the original developers, Michael “Monty” Widenius, felt that the Oracle Corporation had a conflict of interest between MySQL and their Oracle database.
In response to this, he decided to create a fork of the project named MariaDB. Since then, there's been a lot of healthy competition between MySQL and MariaDB that has led to some really great innovation. Since Oracle is backing MySQL and has a solid foundation, it continues to be the leader. However, MariaDB offers some compelling reasons for why nerds may want to switch databases.
MySQL: MySQL was originally started by MySQL AB in 1994 by a Swedish company that was created by a nerd named David Axmark, Allan Larsson, and another nerd named Michael “Monty” Widenius. The first version of MySQL was released in 1995. In 2008, Sun Microsystems purchased MySQL AB. In 2010, Sun Microsystems was acquired by Oracle.
MySQL is currently maintained by the Oracle Corporation.
MariaDB: On the day Oracle announced they had purchased MySQL, Michael “Monty” Widenius with his shining nerd cape took several MySQL developers and started MariaDB, a fork of MySQL from that point.
The 86it Team