The European Commission has welcomed a series of promises made by Oracle about the future of the MySQL database, all of which could signal that the company's planned $7bn takeover of Sun Microsystems may now get the all-clear from regulators. "Today's announcement by Oracle of a series of undertakings to customers, developers …
After reading Widenius blog post and the material from groklaw, it is plain that the EU should stop interfering with the sale of Sun to Oracle. This is all about the EU using it's regulatory power to help a EU company and citizen abrogate an agreement that has been in place for years. Widenius took a whole chunk of change from Sun when HE SOLD MySQL to Sun, now that he is out of the limelight and Sun is struggling Widenius is trying to extort more from Sun/Oracle via the EU commission. Typical EU bullsh*t. The EU is not much better than a third world country.
MySQL is a bit of a smoke screen.
With respect to MySQL, the damage is done.
Oracle doesn't need to do anything with MySQL and could drop internal support for the product.
The real danger is that Oracle now hold a complete stack from hardware to end user application.
Outside of SAP, there is no real competition when it comes to ERP packages.
So essentially you're being locked in to an Oracle based solution. Because they can now offer the entire stack, they essentially lock out the competition. SInce IBM is a major reseller of Oracle, they can make margins off the services, however even that will be short lived.
If the deal goes through, either IBM and/or HP start buying up app vendors, or you will see things get worse. Granted we're talking 10 years time before we will again have to revisit this problem when people start to realize that there is already a lack of competition.
Were Oracle stop the deal, Sun will get some money and will find another suitor.
Massive fail on all parties. No offense, but MySQL isn't the real issue. The problems go beyond that.
Don't IBM offer a database other than Oracle? And a hardware platform? And ERP solutions???
How come you're not worried about that side of things?
What a name
Sun is dead anyway
Glad to hear the deal is unlocked. MySQL was never a valid reason to stop it. It's been a test of wills since the beginning. Oracle didn't show "the due defference" to the regulators and Neelie Kroes reacted making them feel her power. The whole thing was degenerating into a dangerous US vs. EU problem... So, welcome rational solution!... Anyway, Sun is still dead. Sparc is a rotten corpse. Solaris is the O.S that runs on Sparc. Java is a standard that can't be squeezed out more than it is now or the other solution providers [apart from Oracle] will kill it. The first question about this deal is still here: is it worthy to pay so much money for Sun?
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And Unix is dead right? That was what everyone was saying almost 20 years ago.
Its not like he did anything much to stop Sun buying Mysql in the first place... still, I never got why Sun was even interested? Mysql is just a glorifed version of flatfiles and grep without innodb that ORACLE ALREADY OWNS! Sun's allegiance with PostgreSQL with much more fruitful.
Bah, let Oracle consume Sun and hopefully give IBM a severe kicking with innovation and talent, assuming it hasn't all evacuated via the front door by now due to the EU interference.
now sun will die quicker
Funny how Oracle blamed the EU for job loses....Oracle will RIF at least 33% (10,000) more sun employees starting with the ponytail.....oh thats right he is getting the $20M IBM refused to pay him.
I would not buy a Fujitsu sparc system if it was free....Oracle costs too much and larry is only interested in the T-class