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Maria-DB is not a performance-enhanced MySQL version. Maria-DB is the forked MySQL version current used in the open-source space. It was forked from MySQL due to mistrust in how Oracle will behave in regard of the original MySQL code. You can see here for more information. While until version 5.1 both were more or less the same code, by 5.5 this changed ...


There can be several solutions to your problem. You could try tweaking settings (allowing mysql to use more ram, making sure it doesn't swap, adding indexes) or altering the hardware (more ram, faster disks). Another option is to set up a mysql slave to run the heavy read queries on, that way you can still update the master with read+write queries while ...

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