Many open-sourcers back an Oracle takeover of MySQL
Oct 29, 2009, 15:46 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Those supporters say that MySQL co-founder Monty Widenius, free
software advocate Richard Stallman, and others are whipping up
unfounded fears about the future of MySQL in order to get the
European Commission to either quash the entire deal or at least
force Oracle to sell off MySQL. The EC launched an in-depth
investigation into the planned merger this fall, citing 'serious
concerns' about how the deal would affect database competition.
"Opponents like Widenius and Stallman argue that whatever Oracle
and it's CEO Larry Ellison may claim, the acquirer would either
weaken or bury the widely-used MySQL in order to protect its
proprietary database, which generates more than $8.5 billion in
revenue a year for the company."