EU gives Oracle unconditional approval for Sun purchase

U.S. software company Oracle has been given unconditional approval from the European Union for its $7 billion purchase of computer maker Sun Microsystems, reports Reuters. Oracle was given the go ahead by the U.S. Department of Justice in August last year.

The approval comes after an investigation was started by European Commission in September over concerns of the impact the deal would have on the competing MySQL database. Sun acquired the popular database system in early 2008.

Speaking in a statement, EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said, "I am now satisfied that competition and innovation will be preserved on all the markets concerned. Oracle's acquisition of Sun has the potential to revitalize important assets and create new and innovative products."

Oracle announced its intentions for the MySQL platform in a December press release - something which apparently played an important role in Kroes decision. Speaking at the time of the release, she said it was "an important new element to be taken into account in the ongoing proceedings."

However, Michael Widenius, one of the founders of MySQL, has continually lobbied for MySQL to be excluded from the deal. An advisor to the Swedish programmer said the commitments from Oracle were merely "cosmetic".

Prior to EU approval, Widenius said, "Should Oracle get MySQL unconditionally, then I can only say that as a European I am ashamed of our regulatory system."

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>Michael Widenius, one of the founders of MySQL, has continually lobbied for MySQL to be excluded from the deal.
Then why did he sell MySQL for some millions of dollars in the first place?

RealFduch said,
>Michael Widenius, one of the founders of MySQL, has continually lobbied for MySQL to be excluded from the deal.
Then why did he sell MySQL for some millions of dollars in the first place?
Too right.

The term "sniveling whiner" comes to mind. :)

I predict that Oracle will fork MySQL themselves and offer a 'Free' version and an 'Enterprise' (Paid) version which will get 90% of their development dollars.

thealexweb said,
There are loads of people who'd be willing to take the source code and carry on independently
Exactly what I (and many other reasoning people) have said since the beginning.

It would be like Microsoft buying Red Hat, and suddenly the source code to Linux is in jeopardy?

Nah.

n_K said,
It's the end of an era, I too am ashamed to be a part of this appauling 'european' system.

What is so wrong with the system? I hear all this complaining, but I really don't see any actual issues worth complaining about.

Frazell Thomas said,

What is so wrong with the system? I hear all this complaining, but I really don't see any actual issues worth complaining about.

Well, they've clearly been duped by Oracle... Seems that the EU is only hard on companies if they can extort money from them...

That just ruined my day
It will be great to watch Oracle's new marketing plan unfold
"So we have this great FREE DBMS that does everything you want and has a very large community support, but hey u can get the other DBMS that basically does the same thing for a gazillion bucks!!!"

Oracle's committed to MySQL yeah right!!!#@#@$% As if they want us to believe that their company is run by gnomes

From their commitment to MySQL press release:
Offer commercial license holders an extension of their agreement with Sun under the same terms and conditions until 2014

2014??? or is it 2012, the year they'll pull the plug on MySQL causing the apocalypse!!!
I'm just asking questions

[quote=Darko3d said,]That just ruined my day
It will be great to watch Oracle's new marketing plan unfold
"So we have this great FREE DBMS that does everything you want and has a very large community support, but hey u can get the other DBMS thatbasically does the same thing for a gazillion bucks!!!"

Oracle's committed to MySQL yeah right!!!#@#@$% As if they want us to believe that their company is run by gnomes

From their commitment to MySQL press release:
Offe commercial license holders an extension of their agreement with Sun under the same terms and conditions until 2014

2014??? or is it 2012, the year they'll pull the plug on MySQL causing the apocalypse!!!
I'm just asking questions[/qote]

MySQL and Oracle do the same thing... yeah right... wel they do if you just want to run a simple web server. but you don't run anythign serious business related on a MySQL DB.

It's really unfortunate that Sun got bought out. Sun makes other great products besides MySQL, VirtualBox for an example. I hope Oracle doesn't get rid of the engineers at Sun. Well, if anything happens to Sun's product there's always Google. I'm glad Josh Bloch moved to Google.

MySQL is going to die soon. Why Oracle would want to keep a free RDBMS....? Oracle is all about money and HIGH licensing fee.

TruckWEB said,
MySQL is going to die soon. Why Oracle would want to keep a free RDBMS....? Oracle is all about money and HIGH licensing fee.

Yeah it's a sad day. The only positive aspect is that as an Open Source product, anybody can fork the product and continue it separately from Sun/Oracle.

TCLN Ryster said,

Yeah it's a sad day. The only positive aspect is that as an Open Source product, anybody can fork the product and continue it separately from Sun/Oracle.

And someone will have to do, what will all the web sites do now...

TruckWEB said,
MySQL is going to die soon. Why Oracle would want to keep a free RDBMS....? Oracle is all about money and HIGH licensing fee.

True, its going to die.. EU once again proved that it is total Bull****.
If it goes down corporate world will suffer.

Edited by Eric, Jan 21 2010, 3:01pm :

still1 said,

True, its going to die.. EU once again proved that it is total Bull****.
If it goes down corporate world will suffer.

It's not that simple. It just shows that EU thinks Oracle doesn't have enough money for them to bother (unlike MS).
And don't forget that MySQL author himself [b]sold[/b] the database for some big money.

TCLN Ryster said,

Yeah it's a sad day. The only positive aspect is that as an Open Source product, anybody can fork the product and continue it separately from Sun/Oracle.

True, and I'm sure that will happen (As Oracle will never keep it going), but it would be starting over brand wise... It would take a very long time (If ever) to get the brand recognition and awareness that MySQL has...

TruckWEB said,
MySQL is going to die soon. Why Oracle would want to keep a free RDBMS....? Oracle is all about money and HIGH licensing fee.

Maybe because MySQL isn't really a true RDMS. The relational part is a joke.

and it's not needed for what MySQL is used for, so they'll probably just rip out the lame attempts at adding proper relational structure to MySQL and keep it as it is, a simple DBMS for websites