I started out with a free version for many years and learned how to use, customize it, and code it myself. It was great for starting out, as I was in high school. Eventually, I bought the forum software when I had more than a weekend job. All your doing is paying for convenience and laziness...
Windows 10 (WindowsNT 6.4) is still Vista (WindowsNT 6.0)
OSX is based off of UNIX, free is part of the deal. MS shouldn't follow this model. MS actually have created their own kernel.
what is the best approach going from a MySQL db to a MariaDB db with a xenForo database?
Install fresh copy of xF into MariaDB, then import the xF MySQL db into the new install?
Simply import the MySQL db into MariaDB?
A method you know that works... 8)
The new code structure and new PHP implemented in xenForo 2.x got me thinking about the EOL ( End of Life ) Policy. I understand xenForo team has even assisted me with xF 1.0.x and 1.1.x, which is awesome. Although, I wonder if I keep paying my subscription or even later and stay on say 1.x...