By Daniel Black
MariaDB forked from MySQL many years ago. MariaDB's mature development team continued development on MariaDB. Its important to compare where MariaDB and MySQL are now from a user point of view.
Some things are the same, some are different.
I'll finish by talking about MariaDB as a project that can be contributed to.
Daniel is a MariaDB all rounder. He started doing as a DBA, and then starting fixing the bugs. On the journey to continue these multi-perspectives of the same product, he found a niche at the MariaDB Foundation as their Chief Innovation Officer. There he continues to drive improvements in the code, the user usage, and the ecosystem in-between.