Congratulations to the openSUSE community on a successful release of openSUSE 12.3. A highlight worth mentioning is that MariaDB is now the default as opposed to MySQL. What are you waiting for, download it!

From the features list, here’s an excerpt focusing on MariaDB & MySQL:

openSUSE has moved from MySQL to MariaDB as default. MariaDB was first shipped with openSUSE 11.3 back in 2010. Over the years it proved itself and starting with 12.3 openSUSE is replacing default MySQL implementation with MariaDB. This means that whole distribution is compiled against MariaDB and in ‘M’ in LAMP means MariaDB from now. As MariaDB is a drop-in replacement, you don’t have to worry about compatibility. Apart from that, MySQL Community Server is not going away and you can still replace MariaDB with MySQL if you want.

If you’ve never heard about MariaDB, you can read more about all the cookies they have on their website. Especially more storage engines, speed optimizations and some other added features.

The MariaDB project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of MariaDB 5.5.30. This is a bug fix release. See the release notes and changelog for details.

Download MariaDB 5.5.30

Release Notes  Changelog  Overview of 5.5

APT and YUM Repository Configuration Generator

User Feedback plugin

MariaDB includes a User Feedback plugin. This plugin is disabled by default. If enabled, it submits basic, completely anonymous MariaDB usage information. This information is used by the developers to track trends in MariaDB usage to better guide development efforts.

If you would like to help make MariaDB better, please add “feedback=ON” to your my.cnf (my.ini on Windows) file!

See the User Feedback Plugin page for more information.

Quality

The project always strives for quality, but in reality, nothing is
perfect. Please take time to report any issues you encounter at:

http://mariadb.org/jira

We hope you enjoy MariaDB!