"I am sure that the 451 report was a prompted by yesterday's
acquisition of MySQL by Sun but what's of interest is not just the
what and how much but the why. The obvious reasons are outlined in
"Expansion of a Solutions Portfolio--In Sun's case buying MySQL
allows them to offer an end-to-end solution for app servers (App
Server, DB, OS). This is the same thing Oracle's doing with
Unbreakable Linux, the proprietary BEA, their own DB, and the the
apps companies they have acquired over the last few years. They now
can boast a very broad portfolio that ultimate capitalizes on their
biggest asset, the Oracle database..."
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