En octubre, XAMPP anunció que cambiaba MySQL por MariaDB: New XAMPP with MariaDB.
El anuncio dice:
MariaDB is an enhanced, drop-in replacement for MySQL and is available under the terms of the GPL v2 license. It’s developed by the MariaDB community with the MariaDB Foundation as its main steward. MariaDB is kept up to date with the latest MySQL release from the same branch and in most respects MariaDB will work exactly as MySQL. All commands, interfaces, libraries and APIs that exist in MySQL also exist in MariaDB.