MySQL Cofounder Says Oracle Should Sell Database To a Neutral 3d Party
Oracle should resolve antitrust concerns over its acquisition of Sun Microsystems by selling open-source database MySQL to a suitable third party
, its cofounder and creator Michael 'Monty' Widenius said in a blog post
Oracle's $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun is currently being held up by an investigation by the European Commission. The Commission's main concern seems to be MySQL, which was acquired by Sun in January 2008 for $1 billion.
A takeover by the world's leading proprietary database company of the world's leading open source database company compels the regulator to closely examine the effects on the European market, according to remarks made by Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes last month.
The key objective by Widenius is to find a home outside Oracle for MySQL, where the database can be developed and compete with existing products, including Oracle's,according to Florian Mueller, a former MySQL shareholder who isc urrently working with Monty Program AB on this matter.