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A simple way to hold the MariaDB server packages from being upgraded by an "apt-get upgrade" (or dist-upgrade) :
Use "apt-mark unhold mariadb-server-core-5.5" to un-hold the packages.
Please note that apt-mark (un)hold only exists since Debian Wheezy, to do so on older version you need to use "echo mariadb-server-core-5.5 hold |dpkg --set-selections"
Works great on Debian Jessie just updating at work, after getting info and tips at a MariaDB event in Stockholm today :)