I am looking into upgrading some major components of a webserver (php, apache, mysql).
I've done the update to 5.7 from 5.6. I've updated to php7.3.
What I wonder now is: I see that a mysql community edition is available (version 8). After a first install it failed to start so I rolled back to 5.7. Now I'm wondering if it's worth the trouble migrating to mysql8 or even if I better would update to mariadb. And in the latter: which version of mariadb would I use or which one corresponds with mysql5.7 which I currently have installed.
Is mariadb/mysql8 stable?
For clarity. This is a production server. I'm not looking for new fancy features. But perhaps some more recent versions have better performance.
Thanks a lot in advance!