European Commission - In-Depth Investigation into Sun-Oracle Deal


The boards of directors for both companies Approved the Sun-Oracle Deal, Sun's Shareholders Approved it and the US DoJ Approved it, but the European Union is still investigating.

The EU Commission is the executive branch of the EU and its cabinet has 27 Commissioners. Of these, Neelie Kroes (@Wikipedia, @CNet) is the Commissioner for Competition and her office just announced an In-Depth Investigation (also see NYTimes). As they say, story evolving...

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Added I've not done any systematic tracking of how the press is reacting to this announcement, but the sources I follow are negative on the motivations spelled out in the EU ruling; see below for a few links:

• NYTimes: New Snag for Oracle in Sun Deal
• InternetNews: EU May Delay Oracle-Sun Nuptials
• InformationWeek: Global CIO: Oracle Nailed By EU Protectionism As HP And IBM Raid Sun .
• CNet News: The EU's Christmas gift to Oracle
• ComputerWorld (check the comments): Why the EU should block Oracle/Sun


The EU is just trying to show its power to the US companies bu in fact hurting Oracle, Sun and their employees. Their concerns over MySQL is meritless, as MySQL has already forked.

Posted by Steve Molan on September 05, 2009 at 01:32 AM PDT #

I agree with you that there is no merit to the arguments described in the formal report. The only market segment where there is an impact is in customers that are using the commercial license under the dual-license model since FOSS and support/enterprise subscription folks could get their services from a competing source. And that economic impact of that dual-license market segment is tiny compared to the impact of the delay.

Posted by eduardo pelegri-llopart on September 05, 2009 at 07:28 AM PDT #

Well well, EU care about monopoly..just USA doesnt

IS allways the same..

MYSQL is more relevant to european public agencies than to americans...wich have allways been more "scary" about the open source business

I am not sure if the EU decision is good or bad for Sun...

But please...dont be so funny. If there is someone who care about open source..this is the European Union

Posted by bruno on September 08, 2009 at 04:36 AM PDT #


re: "I am not sure if the EU decision is good or bad for Sun..." - Check the last quarter economic report from Sun. More delays, more customers jump ship... fewer customers, less revenue... less revenue...

re: "dont be so funny" - Sorry, I do not understand what you mean by "funny".

Posted by Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart on September 08, 2009 at 05:07 AM PDT #

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