MariaDB Server is one of the most popular open source relational databases. It’s made by the original developers of MySQL and guaranteed to stay open source. It is part of most cloud offerings and the default in most Linux distributions.
It is built upon the values of performance, stability, and openness, and MariaDB Foundation ensures contributions will be accepted on technical merit. Recent new functionality includes advanced clustering with Galera Cluster 4, compatibility features with Oracle Database and Temporal Data Tables, allowing one to query the data as it stood at any point in the past.
As MariaDB Server (and its predecessor MySQL) has been used around the world for over 20 years, there are huge amounts of learning resources and documentation available.
The primary place for MariaDB specific documentation is the MariaDB Knowledge Base. If you have MariaDB already installed you can also read the man pages. Every binary in MariaDB has a man page. To view a man page simply run on the command line man followed by the command/binary name, for example man mariadb.