We already have MariaDB for any improvement from MySQL.
The problem is that MariaDB has to go the the trouble to implement the bugs in MySQL, as it aims to be a drop-in replacement. It’s far better to use postgres because its not held back by a proprietary BS counterpart.
As a DB Adminitrator which is part of my SysAdmin curriculum I tell you.
MariaDB has nothing to do from MySQL development from a lot. It is independent.
utf8 was maintained for compatibility as an alias (since 10.6) to utf8mb3 but can be changed in configuration to point utf8mb4.
Default configuration and several SQL sentences have changed compared to MySQL.
I tell you this by direct experience in the process of learning by using MariaDB and my classmates using MySQL.
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