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[News] Why the EU is Right is Blocking Oracle's Takeover of MySQL

  • Subject: [News] Why the EU is Right is Blocking Oracle's Takeover of MySQL
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 09 Sep 2009 00:20:55 +0100
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Why the EU should block Oracle/Sun

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| Last week, I argued that the European Commission, the European Union's top 
| competition authority, was wasting its time delaying Oracle's acquisition of 
| Sun. Since then, I've heard from Henrik Ingo, the COO (chief operating 
| officer) for Monty Program Ab, the MySQL fork headed by MySQL's founder 
| Michael "Monty" Widenius. He has a different take on the EU's opposition to 
| the deal, and I thought it worth sharing his viewpoint with you.
| First, Ingo notes that "While it's true that many use MySQL for free [under 
| the open-source GPL license), and some even hack on the GPL'd source code, 
| most of MySQL's paying customers use MySQL under a commercial license which 
| has nothing to do with Open Source. It is in this market that MySQL competes 
| against Oracle and for those customers the GPL version of MySQL offers no 
| consolation. This is the main reason why the EU is concerned." 


On the question of MySQLâs state of health


The Curious Case of the Failing Connections


EU holds up Sun buy-out over open source

,----[ Quote ]
| Sun has got it in the neck - again - and the EU gets it right.
| The EU has delayed the now long-running acquisition of Sun by Oracle - out of 
| which Sun's founders stand to make a very large pile of cash - because it 
| wants to investigate a potential monopoly.



Red Hat CEO: Choose flexibility or Larry

,----[ Quote ]
| During his keynote presentation at the Red Hat Summit 2009 conference in
| Chicago, Whitehurst covered Red Hat talking points, including how the company
| is working to build future IT architectures that are flexible and allow its
| customers to meet demands of their own internal customers. Ellison, on the
| other hand, presents the opposite of flexibility, according to Whitehurst.


Red Hatâs CEO Whitehurst takes aim at Oracle during âSummitâ

,----[ Quote ]
| "Do you want to buy into Larry Ellison's vision of what your IT
| infrastructure should be and what functionality you should provide to your
| customers, or should you listen to your customers and be flexible,"
| Whitehurst asked the crowd.


EU Commission Opens In Depth Investigation of Sun-Oracle Deal

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| The EU Commission has just released a press release. They are not going to
| approve the Oracle takeover of Sun just yet anyway. Instead they are
| launching an in depth investigation of the deal, and it's MySQL that seems to
| be the issue. Here's the press release. This doesn't mean it won't happen,
| and the deadline for a final result of the investigation is January 19, 2010.
| But they are certainly asking the right question, namely, what happens to
| MySQL in Oracle's hands?


EU delays Oracle-Sun deal, probing database market


Sun hopes to cash in on Java install base with new app store

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| Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz says the company will launch an application store
| for Java software. Sun hopes to cash in on its large Java install base by
| making the store accessible through the Java update system, but it needs to
| attract more popular software first.


Study: Java still top programming language

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| Java has its detractors, but according to a recent reading of the Tiobe
| Programming Community Index, it's still the dominant programming language,
| with little change in its overall popularity since August 2007. Runners up?
| C, (Visual) Basic, C++, and PHP.

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