MariaDB is forked in 2010 from MySQL when Sun sold that to Oracle. At this point it's pretty much the same as MySQL, therefore phpBB will probably work on MariaDB (I can't test this on my though since I have no MariaDB).
However: I guess that MariaDB will probably gradually move away from MySQL. Therefore real support for MariaDB would be nice for those who want to switch from Mysql to MariaDB.
Adaption should be easy now:
I guess that when MariaDB does move away from MySQL, there should be an extension to the mysql class or perhaps an own class.EXreaction wrote:From the sounds of that article, MariaDB should work fine and you can probably even use the phpBB MySQL driver as it is to connect to a MariaDB database without issues.
- Support for wider range of DB drivers
- It's easier to adapt now than over a few years I guess
- More work for devs since they have to consider yet another DB driver when making changes
PS: this is not really in my intereset since I can't even use MariaDB, but since it was mentioned in above topic I thought I'd take the effort to make it an RFC.