The European Commission has cleared
Oracle's purchase of Sun. "The Commission's investigation showed that another open source database, PostgreSQL, is considered by many database users to be a credible alternative to MySQL and could be expected to replace to some extent the competitive force currently exerted by MySQL on the database market. In addition, the Commission found that 'forks' (branches of the MySQL code base), which are legally possible given MySQL's open source nature, might also develop in future to exercise a competitive constraint on Oracle in a sufficient and timely manner.
" Meanwhile, opponents of Oracle's purchase, including MySQL founder Michael "Monty" Widenius, have turned to Russia and China
in an effort to block it.
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