Difference between MySQL and MariaDB

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Are MySQL and mariaDB  the same ? Is there any syntax difference between them ?

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May be you want to have a look at this: https://blog.panoply.io/a-comparative-vmariadb-vs-mysql
Dave BaldwinFixer of Problems
Most Valuable Expert 2014

Good article above.  The free 'community' editions of both of them are intended to be interchangeable.  The non-free enterprise versions have some differences.
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I've been using MariaDB since it's very early days for all my hosting clients.

MariaDB is a drop in replacement for MySQL. If you're using a common CMS system like WordPress, you'll be fine.

Even complex custom SQL, in most cases MariaDB syntax is a superset of MySQL syntax.

The biggest difference is speed. If you load test MySQL + remove it + replace it with MariaDB + do the same speed test, you'll likely be impressed by the speed improvement.

Many Distros (Debian/Ubuntu) are moving to defaulting to MariaDB when MySQL packaging targets are installed.

This gives you an idea of how far MariaDB has... is... and will... surpass MySQL development.

Since MariaDB is a drop in replacement, just remove MySQL + install MariaDB + start your database subsystem to upgrade.

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