Monday, December 14, 2009

EU signals it warms to Oracle-Sun deal - Yahoo! News

When the EC starts saying nice things and people with potentially deep conflicts of interest start “campaigns” to block a deal, the final chapter is near…

The Commission said in a statement Oracle's binding contractual undertakings were "significant new facts".

"Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes ... is optimistic that the case will have a satisfactory outcome, while ensuring that the transaction will not have an adverse impact on effective competition in the European database market," it said.

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Critics of the deal said Oracle's proposals would not resolve competition concerns.

"This is purely cosmetic, totally ineffectual. Neither storage engine vendors nor "forkers" -- developers of derived versions -- nor enterprise users would have a basis on which to invest in MySQL-related innovation," Florian Mueller, a spokesman for MySQL founder Michael Widenius, said.

EU signals it warms to Oracle-Sun deal - Yahoo! News

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