Switching from MySQL to MariaDB using MacPorts

MySQL has been a cornerstone of the LAMP stack (and, dare I say, the web in general). MariaDB, for those that don't know it yet, describes itself like this:
An enhanced, drop-in replacement for MySQL.
Given the gut feeling I have about Oracle I have been looking at MariaDB every now and then already. Yesterday I had some free minutes and thought I'd give that claim a test run.