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  5. FSFE - Solution for Oracle/Sun deal: Make MySQL independent
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  9. <h1>Solution for Oracle/Sun deal: Make MySQL independent</h1>
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  11. Oracle should agree to put MySQL in the hands of an independent non-profit
  12. guardian, proposes the Free Software Foundation Europe. The Free Software
  13. community could develop MySQL to its full potential, while Oracle would not
  14. have to worry that a competitor could take over the database project.
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  16. "Competition in the software market is very important, because it
  17. drives innovation", says Karsten Gerloff, President of the Free
  18. Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). "The fate of a project like
  19. MySQL should not depend on a single company."
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  21. By moving the MySQL issue out of the way, this would make it possible
  22. for Oracle to quickly complete the acquisition of Sun Microsystems and
  23. prevent further losses.
  24. </p><p>
  25. FSFE has published a detailed analysis of the problem that MySQL poses
  26. for Oracle, and for competition in the database market:
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  29. <li><a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/?p=274">Karsten Gerloff's "The case for independence - Oracle, Sun and what to do with MySQL"</a></li>
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  31. </p><p>
  32. MySQL is the stumbling block in Oracle's acquisition of Sun
  33. Microsystems. With this deal, the biggest maker of proprietary databases
  34. would gain control of MySQL, a large Free Software database project. The
  35. European Commission is so far refusing to approve the deal because it is
  36. worried about its effects on competition. At the same time, Sun is
  37. quickly shedding money and jobs.
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