More and more Oracle is looking like the place where good software goes to die a slow and lonely death. Sure, Oracle is still developing MySQL, but who’s there to work on it anymore? Since the best and brightest tend to leave Oracle soon after their project is acquired, it comes as no surprise that MariaDB is emerging as the de facto successor to the most popular open source database on the web.
We all predicted this way back when, everything Oracle touches in the Open Source world leads to a slow death for that project. Java, OpenOffice, MySQL, etc.
On another note, I never even heard of MariaDB, but then again I'm not into software/web development.