In Pictures: Six free/open source databases with commercial-quality features

Microsoft, Oracle offer impressive free versions of their commercial offerings, but MariaDB wins our test


When Oracle took over MySQL, there was concern about whether Oracle would continue to keep MySQL open source, so a group of developers created MariaDB, which is based on MySQL and published under the GNU public license. MariaDB isn’t just a mirror image of MySQL, however. Developers are continually striving to build close-sourced features of the MySQL commercial edition into MariaDB, and to improve some of MySQL’s features. And, in our tests, MariaDB performed slightly faster than MySQL.

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