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[News] Sun and Oracle May Lose MySQL to Independence

  • Subject: [News] Sun and Oracle May Lose MySQL to Independence
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009 13:54:09 +0100
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EU to Oracle: MySQL is sore point in Sun deal

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| Europe's head of competition has criticized 
| Oracle for what she characterised as a lack 
| of cooperation over the investigation of 
| Oracle's planned acquisition of Sun 
| Microsystems, a spokesman for the European 
| Commission said.


Stallman correct about Oracle's database business erosion


Oracle fails to convince MySQL doubters

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| Oracle has failed to persuade the European 
| Commission that it will provide a safe home 
| for MySQL.



Campaigners object to Oracle buying MySQL

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| Software freedom activist Richard Stallman
| and the non-profits Knowledge Ecology
| International (KEI) and Open Rights Group
| (ORG) have issued a strongly worded letter
| to EU competition commissioner Neelie
| Kroes. In it they demanded that Oracle not
| be allowed to acquire MySQL.


A Remarkable Reversal

,----[ Quote ]
| It was a surprise to see Richard Stallman's
| signature on a letter to the European
| Commission calling on them to block the
| acquisition of MySQL by Oracle with its
| proposed acquisition of Sun.


Let the Sun-shine in (Oracle)

,----[ Quote ]
| This is absolutely frivolous, and it
| reflects a misconception of how the forces
| in the Free Software space work. It is not
| that a successful dual licensing enables a
| successful Free Software project, it is a
| successful Free Software project that
| permits to a dual licensing strategy to
| survive.


Letter to the EC opposing Oracle's acquisition of MySQL

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| The European Commission should block
| Oracle's acquisition of MySQL as part of
| its acquisition of Sun Microsystems.
| Oracle seeks to acquire MySQL to prevent
| further erosion of its share of the market
| for database software licenses and
| services, and to protect the high prices
| now charged for its proprietary database
| software licenses and services.


MySQL founder says Oracle should let go of MySQL

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| Monty Widenius, one of the original
| founders of MySQL, has called for Oracle to
| sell off the open source database so that
| its pending acquisition of Sun will not
| reduce choice in the marketplace.
| [...]
| Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has firmly
| rejected the prospect of selling off MySQL.
| He argues that the open source database
| doesn't compete with Oracle's enterprise
| products. The two database offerings target
| different sections of the market, he
| contends.
| It's unclear if the EU regulators will
| accept his view and allow the deal to move
| forward, but the delays are certainly
| damaging. While the EC is conducting its
| investigation, IBM is cannibalizing Sun's
| server business and picking the bones clean.


Richard Stallman joins call for Oracle to divest MySQL


Stallman opposes Oracle's takeover of MySQL


MySQL cofounder says Oracle should sell database

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| Oracle should resolve antitrust concerns over
| its acquisition of Sun Microsystems by selling
| open-source database MySQL to a suitable third
| party, its cofounder and creator Michael "Monty"
| Widenius said in a blog post on Monday.

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