Should I move to MariaDB instead of MySQL?

Can anyone explain me Should I move to MariaDB instead of MySQL? ? Some comparison/advantages/disadvantages can be given? Do  I need to drop MySQL? It seems MySQL bought by Oracle???
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Loganathan NatarajanLAMP DeveloperAsked:
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Oracle bought Sun Microsystems who bought MySQL in 2009.  According to this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MySQL#History , some people are starting to move away from MySQL to MariaDB.  However, almost every hosting company is still using the Community Edition of MySQL.  They may move away from it for new server installations in the future.

In any case there is no hurry to change.
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Loganathan NatarajanLAMP DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Thanks, DaveBaldwin
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Ray PaseurCommented:
Agree with what DaveBaldwin said (I usually do).  The term of art "MySQL" might merit a bit more explanation.

There is the MySQL data base (the server engine), and there is the PHP "MySQL" API extension, which has been deprecated by PHP and is being removed from the PHP language.  This article explains why PHP is doing that and what you must do to keep your scripts running.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web_Development/Web_Languages-Standards/PHP/PHP_Databases/A_11177-PHP-MySQL-Deprecated-as-of-PHP-5-5-0.html

The conversion from procedural MySQL to object-oriented MySQLi is probably the easiest in terms of syntax and code changes.  Of course, PDO holds out the promise that you could change the underlying data base without needing to change the PHP program code.  If you believe that, you are kidding yourself.  But if you're seriously interested in making the switch from MySQL to MariaDB, PDO might be worth considering.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You're welcome, glad to help.
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