Money Can Buy You ...

It looks like Oracle's takeover of Sun Microsystems will go through. The EU was holding back approval of the deal but now appears to be backing off. The reason the EU was hesitant to approve the deal was Sun's ownership of mySQL, a free open source database. It is obvious what Oracle, the largest database company, would want to do with a free open source database. Logic would dictate forcing Oracle to spin off mySQL, which is what the EU was asking for.

Recently, 56 senators signed a letter to the EU demanding that they allow the deal to go through. They were appalled and outraged. The Obama administration even got into the act and applied pressure on the EU. The EU was right in holding up the deal and was steamrolled into approving it. It looks like Larry Ellison has been a good citizen and was not stingy with his political contributions. While money might not be able to buy you love, its good to know it can still buy you politicians.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Open source projects have proven resistant to corporate manipulation. And Oracle actually has a good record of fostering other open source products whose developers it acquired. Eben Moglen, the top open source lawyer, submitted a pretty persuasive brief on behalf of Oracle. The real disgrace is SAP's attempt to use the EU Competition Commission to blackmail Oracle into giving up an unrelated lawsuit in the US.

Tsachy Mishal said...

Other open source projects were beneficial to Oracle. Money can buy you even more lawyers than politicians.

Tsachy Mishal said...

If squashing mySQL is not important to them why did they refuse to spin it off? Its a tiny part of Sun?

Anonymous said...

There are a number of reasons why Oracle did not want to spin off MySQL. One is that they want the relationship to the customers--from the basic fact that 60,000 customers a day will be downloading MySQL from Oracle's web site all the way to the possibility of consulting engagements, migration to Oracle databases, and sale of Oracle enterprise software. Also, they want to keep MySQL out of the hands of HP and SAP, among other firms. Did you know that SAP was both an investor in and a crucial partner of MySQL? Read Eben Moglen's brief if you want more detail. Of course I am in interested party--I had a pretty good day yesterday! But Oracle is not the villain here. The only really strenuous objections came from Microsoft, SAP, and Widenius's Monty AB--all interested parties, to say the least.

Tsachy Mishal said...

SAP is not a database company. It is a CRM company.That is why they wanted to creat mySQL. Oracle is primarily a database company.

Tsachy Mishal said...

Does the fact that Google supports Linux mean MSFT should be allowed to buy out LINUX? (LINUX cant be bought, but if it could)