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MySQL creator calls on open-sourcers to fight an Oracle takeover

Michael “Monty” Widenius, co-founder of MySQL, wrote a blog post this past Saturday asking the MySQL community to take a stand on the Oracle-Sun Microsystems acquisition. The European Commission (EC) is currently reviewing the deal on concerns that Oracle owning MySQL, which Sun currently owns, would be harmful to the community built around the popular open-source database.

Widenius said Oracle has too much to gain by keeping MySQL weak and that the company has not made strong enough promises that it would protect its openness. He fears the company might start developing costly add-on features, or slow down the development cycle of MySQL to let it fall behind Oracle.

But while Widenius has not been reassured by Oracle’s statements that it will protect MySQL, many users of TheServerSide doubt his motives.

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