Growing Public Opposition to Oracle Owning Sun’s MySQL — Campaigner: Worse Than fox in Charge of the Henhouse (ORCL, JAVA)

October 20, 2009

BRUSSELS, Belgium, October 20 /PRNewswire/ — Oracle Corporation [ORCL]
meets an increasingly vocal resistance to its US$7.4 billion acquisition of
Sun Microsystems [JAVA] because of Sun’s open source database MySQL,
originally the product of a Swedish startup company. The European Commission
and competition authorities in several other jurisdictions are investigating
the implications of the transaction.

MySQL creator Michael ‘Monty’ Widenius demanded yesterday, in a press
release and on his blog (http://monty-says.blogspot.com), that Oracle commit
to divest MySQL in order to resolve antitrust concerns.

Today, Florian Mueller, an EU strategist and former MySQL shareholder
driving the effort in a partnership with Widenius, warned that “letting
Oracle have MySQL is worse than putting the fox in charge of the henhouse
because the hens are no threat to the fox while MySQL makes Oracle lose
customers and forces it to grant discounts to customers threatening to
defect.” Mueller had previously helped Widenius’ new company, Monty Program
Ab, to argue in front of the EU that the MySQL part of the transaction would
have anticompetitive effects.

EU competition commissioner Neelie Kroes today also found an open letter
in her mailbox from the world’s foremost software freedom activist Richard
as well as two non-profits, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)
and Open Rights Group (ORG), that starts off with an urgent demand: “Oracle
should not be permitted to acquire its competitor, MySQL.” The letter, which
was published on the Internet ( http://keionline.org/ec-mysql ), talks about
MySQL having developed, over time, “greater functionality, dependability and
improved in performance” and stresses that “forking”, which is the legal
possibility for a new free and open source software project to integrate
existing program code, is not a viable option to ensure competition in the
marketplace, contrary to what defenders of the proposed takeover claim.

About Florian Mueller

Florian Mueller is a software industry veteran with 24 years of
experience as well as an award-winning EU policy strategist. Previously
founder and CEO of a startup he sold to the Telefonica group, Mueller became
in 2001 an adviser to MySQL’s then-CEO on corporate strategy and held shares
in the company until its sale.

The Economist Group’s European Voice named Mueller the EU Campaigner of
the Year 2005. Mueller was also named to thought leader rankings in
intellectual property as well as information technology. In 2007, Mueller
worked on an EU competition policy-making process concerning sports
broadcasting rights on behalf of Real Madrid CF.

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