"As you'll recall, Oracle will potentially get its hands on
MySQL, the open source database, through the pending Sun
Microsystems acquisition. Initially, some skeptics suggested that
Oracle will need to spin off MySQL in order to earn the European
Union's regulatory approval for the Sun takeover.
"But Oracle denied the spin-off speculation in late September
2009. Plus, during Oracle OpenWorld, CEO Larry Ellison reinforced
Oracle's commitment to MySQL — stating that the database
giant may even wind up making a few bucks off the open source
database. Also of note, former MySQL CEO Mårten Mickos has
sent a letter to the EU recommending they approve the Oracle-Sun
combo, including the MySQL component."
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