European Union Approves Oracle's Acquisition of Sun

Here is a link to a press release from the European Commission, announcing that they have cleared Oracle's proposal to acquire Sun Microsystems.  I find it interesting reading because it describes the fundamental issues that the Commission dealt with before making their decision (MySQL, Java, integration of a complete technology stack)

From an open source point of view, I found it satisfying that they mentioned PostgreSQL as part of their deliberation.  They said that they found the PostgreSQL open source database to be a credible alternative to MySQL; essentially, they're saying that the open source DB landscape is not monocultural, and that there are other viable alternatives.  I think they're right, and I'm glad to see that it's not all about MySQL.

My opinion: they took a long time to make a decision, but they considered the issues you'd think they should consider.

The next few days should be really interesting for us at Sun.  Whether employed or not, at least the long purgatory period is finally coming to an end.  I can't tell you how tiresome it has become telling my friends month after month "No real news yet."  It's nice that friends care, but it sucks that there's been no progress to report.  Finally, that's done with.  (whew!)


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