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Oracle readies strategy plan as EU approves Sun acquisition

The European Commission has approved Oracle's proposed acquisition of Sun Microsystems, following an investigation into the MySQL database owned by Sun.

The investigation looked at whether Oracle's acquisition of the open source MySQL database would limit the database market. The investigation identified PostgreSQL as an alternative open source database. Also, since the MySQL was open source, developers could create alternate versions, or "forks", which could become viable alternatives to Oracle's version of the code.

European competition commissioner Neelie Kroes said, "I am now satisfied that competition and innovation will be preserved on all the markets concerned. Oracle's acquisition of Sun has the potential to revitalise important assets and create new and innovative products."

With the investigation over, Oracle is planning to run a live webcast on 27 January, to outline its strategy for the combined companies. It said the webcast will cover product roadmaps and how users will benefit from having hardware, operating system, database, middleware and applications engineered to work together.


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