Description of problem: MariaDB is an opensource branch of MySQL, with enhanced features, that aims to be backward compatible with MySQL. More information at http://www.mariadb.org/
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): 5.2 is currently the stable release. 5.3 is currently in beta, and includes solutions like HandlerSocket, a tonne of optimiser features and more. Its based on MySQL 5.1.
Additional info: MariaDB is a drop-in replacement to MySQL. In an ideal environment it should Obsolete: mysql. However this seems to be against Fedora packaging guidelines. Do we investigate using Alternatives?
As I mentioned to you when we spoke last Colin, I see no reason why MariaDB could not be packaged using alternatives. Conflicting or Obsoleting MySQL would not be permitted.
... is this intended to be a package review bug? Or a general RFE?
Closing this - if someone wants MariaDB, they can open a package review.