EU will kill the Oracle purchase of Sun over MySQL

There are a bunch of articles on the web discussing this topic.  Most are saying, and I agree, that the EU commissioners just don't get Open Source.  Here are some of the articles I looked at today about the topic:

According to a Form 8-K filled with the SEC Sun states that the EU's Issue is with Sun's ownership of MySQL.  They are concerned that this will represent and give strength to Oracle and may lead to a Monopoly.  Most companies support more than one Database.  Where I work we have MS SQL and DB2.(even our PeoplSoft is running on DB2 for now.)  In the Open Source Ranks the issues with Sun buying MySQL have been a topic of discussion for some time.  So the purchase of Sun by Oracle just sped up people's time lines if they were even going to bother to migrate. 

Why shouldn't you care?  Well there are several other Major Open Source Databases in wide use.  PostgreSQL, SQLite, Berkley DB and Couch DB are all open source projects ready to take over different segments of the MySQL Market.  So do you need it? No.  Why does the EU think there is a problem?  Lack of education or a chance to mess with an American company or two.

I hope they don't dragg this out to long.  Having been in this type of situation in my past I know this is nerve racking enough when you know you have been bought.  When there is uncertainty of even that basic fact it has to be amazingly stressful.  Good Luck to all of you out there.


Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.