MariaDB is a drop-in replacement for MySQL. The lead developer and founder of MySQL, Michael "Monty" Widenius. sold MySQL to Sun Microsystems. MariaDB is named after Monty's daughter and is becoming the new standard. MySQL btw is named after Monty's daughter "My". Almost all functionality exists in MariaDB for MySQL compatibility and includes new features and faster speed. MariaDB strives to be the new choice for database users for solid and scalable SQL services. The MariaDB Foundation work's closely with the linux and Windows community of users and developers to enhance and strengthen its reliability.
If you do not know how to use MariaDB they have a great howto guide on their website:
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