New XAMPP with MariaDB
A move away from MySQL, the Apache Friends XAMPP group now features MariaDB in their release.
A personal note, I've used XAMPP for years in order to develop various projects. Its so much easier to bundle the tools needed (PHP, database engine, Perl, etc.) then to install individually particularly in a test or development environment. I tend to get everything installed at one shot, and then begin developing what I may need.
It's currently ranked 25th:
See also: <https://mariadb.org/>
See also: <http://db-engines.com/en/ranking?utm_content=buffer35f35&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer>
See also: See also: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MariaDB>