The Chocolate Factory has sent an engineer to the MariaDB Foundation, which
looks after the fork’s codebase, community and ecosystem, and has MySQL
daddy Monty Widenius himself as its lead developer.
That’s no validation. Just keeping an eye on an alternative for a piece of technology you are heavily using1.
Original title and link: Google sniffs at MySQL fork MariaDB: Yum. Have an engineer ( ©myNoSQL)