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[News] Sun Exec Explains Free Software Strategy, MySQL's CEO Wants Oracle Buyout

  • Subject: [News] Sun Exec Explains Free Software Strategy, MySQL's CEO Wants Oracle Buyout
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 09 Oct 2009 11:35:57 +0100
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Building a Scorecard for Open Source

,----[ Quote ]
| In my previous posts, I've drawn an analogy between 
| open source software and organic food,
| [...]
| To address this, I'm proposing the Open Source 
| Initiative go beyond the Open Source Definition and 
| the Free Software Definition to devise some sort of 
| a Software Freedom Definition which articulates a 
| holistic vision of software freedom against which 
| businesses can be benchmarked. I propose also 
| creating a self-certified score-card which 
| companies can complete to indicate the approach 
| they are taking to promote software freedom as part 
| of their business model - maybe "the Open Source 
| Audit". I'd then expect abuses to be policed by the 
| community at large with final arbitration from OSI.


Mickos letter to EU: Approve Oracle-Sun deal

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| One who shares this concern is former MySQL CEO 
| MÃrten Mickos. On Thursday, Mickos sent a letter 
| to Neelie Kroes, the European Union's competition 
| commissioner, urging that the deal be approved 
| for the good of the market and MySQL.



Ellison: No MySQL spin off

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| Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, has made it clear that he is
| not prepared to spin off Sun's MySQL business in an attempt
| to placate the European Commission investigation of
| competition issues with Oracle's planned acquisition of
| Sun. The deal has already been approved by US authorities
| and Ellison thinks that the European Commission will follow
| saying "I think once they do their job, they're going to
| come to the same conclusion".


Does Oracle matter to open source

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| Maybe they should. Once it acquires Sun, Oracle will be the
| largest sponsor of open source projects people use every
| day. Weâre talking Java, weâre talking mySQL, weâre talking
| OpenOffice.org.

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