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The ongoing MySQL campaign

Jan 04, 2010, 12:03 (0 Talkback[s])

"Michael Widenius continues his campaign to keep Oracle from acquiring MySQL with a petition and a lengthy FAQ on what he sees the problems being. "If the deal is approved based on the fact that 'MySQL can be forked', that will be a big blow to open source Software. It means that open source software is not protected for anti-competitive measures and it will be ok for big companies to freely buy up their open source competitors and kill them. Note that not even PostgreSQL is safe from this threat! For example, Oracle could buy some companies developing PostgreSQL and target the core developers. Without the core developers working actively on PostgreSQL, the PostgreSQL project will be weakened tremendously and it could even die as a result."

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