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The MySQL question - free or free-market?

Nov 12, 2009, 15:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dj Walker-Morgan)

"The last weeks have seen two sides emerge in the debate over MySQL's future. MySQL is currently the sticking point in Oracle's planned acquisition of Sun Microsystems; although the acquisition passed the US regulators, European authorities have decided, after a preliminary investigation, to open a formal in-depth investigation into the competition issues around MySQL.

"During the preliminary investigation, the free software and open source community questioned this notion of competition. The debate began as a disagreement between two MySQL alumni; in a press release Monty Widenius suggested that MySQL be sold. Widenius, as founder and original developer of MySQL wanted Oracle to divest itself of the MySQL database company. Widenius's position is that otherwise Oracle would have the ownership of the MySQL copyright and trademark, ownership which he believes is key to creating an economically viable ecosystem around MySQL and that the ownership of those rights by Oracle would create an anti-competitive situation."

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