I think MariaDB has had a great few weeks recently and the timeline of these events are important.
- 27 November 2012 – WiredTree Adds MariaDB for Faster MySQL Database Performance (well worth reading their motivations to switch)
- 29 November 2012 – Monty Program & SkySQL release the MariaDB Client Library for C & Java
- 4 December 2012 – MariaDB Foundation is announced, see ZDNet coverage.
- mid-December 2012 – Wikimedia Foundation starts migrating …